How to Pick the Ideal Security System for Your Home – Tips and Advice to Keep in Mind
Have you made the decision that you want to ensure your home is as safe and secure as possible? If so, there is no doubt that you’ve already started taking steps like making sure all the door and window locks work properly, installing exterior motion-detector lights, and cutting back overgrown bushes and trees so as not to give would-be intruders a way to conceal themselves. While these are all important and vital steps, installing a home security system truly is the best way to give you peace of mind.
A home security system is a great way to protect the people and the valuables in your home – it helps to deter intruders, it can alert you if there is a gas leak or if a fire starts, it can help to lower your homeowner's insurance, and can even help you keep better track of the kids as they come and go.
With that said, there are all kinds of different systems out there, each with their own list of features and benefits, which can make it rather hard on the homeowner to figure out which is best for them. Here, we’ll take a look at some tips you can use to help you find the ideal security system for your home.
Ask a Few Basic Questions to Get Started
Before you even head out to look at the options, it's a good idea to start with a few basic questions. Ask yourself how big your home is (interior and exterior), what you want to protect, what your budget is, whether you have pets, and what kind of routine your family has. This alone will help you to narrow down the options.
Set a Budget That is Realistic
As you start your search, one of the first things you may notice is that there is a huge price difference between all the systems. The cost tends to take into account an installation fee, the equipment you need to purchase up-front, and then the monthly cost of monitoring.
While cost will likely be a factor in the decision-making process, remember that just because one system may be the most expensive it may not be the best one for your needs. Your needs are what should help steer you in the direction of a realistic budget.
Do You Want to Install It Yourself?
The next logical question is to ask yourself if you feel comfortable installing the system yourself. There are a number of DIY home security systems out there, as you can read about on this in-depth blog from Porch. When you choose a DIY system you won’t have to worry about paying an installation fee, which can get pretty expensive.
On the flip side, you need to feel confident enough to install it and know where you should be placing the various equipment in the home. There are systems that are known to be easier to install than others, so that can also be considered.
Some of the more popular DIY security systems include SimpliSafe Home Security, Link Interactive, Protect America, Frontpoint Security, Nest Secure, and Ring Alarm.
Do You Want Smart Features?
One of the biggest trends in home alarm systems at the moment are smart features. These allow you to control the system remotely from a smart device, check-in, set the alarm or turn it off, and even make use of two-way voice chat in some. Obviously, this isn't going to be a top priority for every homeowner, but it could be wise to go this route if you already have a number of smart devices in your home.
Does It Offer 24/7 Monitoring?
One thing you may be surprised to learn is that not every home alarm system includes 24/7 monitoring. If you want this feature, this is something you will need to seek out specifically. For many homeowners, this can be a make or break feature, as they want to know that their home is being monitored at all times and nothing slips by unnoticed.
At the same time, it’s a good idea to ask about response time should an emergency occur. You can speak to the company directly to ask about their average response time.
A Few of the Considerations
This is just a small look at the considerations you’ll want to keep in mind as you shop around for the ideal home alarm system. Remember, it’s a personal choice that needs to fit your needs, lifestyle, and budget.