Everything You Think You Know About Do-It-Yourself Home Security Is Wrong

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A lot of people have experience with home security, whether their parents had a system or they’ve had one themselves. But home security isn’t what it used to be. With technology advancing so quickly, the system you or your parents had 20 or even 10 years ago isn’t the same as what’s available today. Integration with automation devices, better connection options, and customized options have made home security primed for the ever-advancing tech era. But even some modern options, like do-it-yourself security systems, aren’t the best choice. Just because these home security systems come in trendy attractive packaging doesn’t make them the best for securing your home. To help you out, here are some common misconceptions about WiFi home security and the actual truth:

 

Do-It-Yourself Home Security is More Reliable

Almost everyone knows these days that if a criminal wants to bypass a wired security system, he just has to make one cut and the whole system is rendered useless. That’s one reason wireless home security systems have been rising in popularity. Not to mention, they’re much easier to install, which cuts down on installation prices and also makes it easier to take your whole system with you if you were to ever move. But even within wireless systems, there are big differences. Many of the do-it-yourself home security systems run on WiFi. And WiFi systems are unreliable if you have spotty Internet service. The better, and usually professional, systems run on cellular, much like your phone. They have battery backup so even if your power goes out, your system will remain online.

 

DIY’s Cheaper Than Professional

Head to head, this simply isn’t true. We looked at a very popular system (backed by the most popular search engine in the world) that only costs $24.99 a month to monitor, but has upfront costs of $400. If you have the $400 to put up-front, you’re essentially paying $35.99 a month for your system over 3 years – the typical contract term for professional systems. The problem is, the system we looked at only has two sensors. Unless you live in an apartment with one door and one window, you’re not fully protecting your house. For about the same price, you could get a professionally installed and monitored system.

But any reputable company wouldn’t let you only install two sensors. So when you consider that a professional home security company can fit your home with 3 sensors, a new LCD control panel and a motion sensor for around $45.00, you’re much better off choosing the latter. Not to mention the professional 24/7 monitoring by a live agent and zero up-front costs. That’s right – the best home security company out there offers absolutely no up-front costs. This makes securing your home easy and affordable.

 

 

It’s More Customized Because I Picked Everything Myself

The only instance where the above statement is true is if you have worked for home security. And, if that’s the case, then you would not be choosing a do-it-yourself system. Technology makes vast improvements every few years. Four-year-old technology is ancient in the technological world. So unless you’re keeping up on editions of home security weekly (is that a thing? We should make that a thing.), you probably aren’t aware of everything you can use to efficiently secure your home. Notice the word efficient. Sure, you can arm your home with 20 window sensors, but if you were up-to-date on the latest statistics, you would know that most burglars smash through windows rather than sliding them open. In one room, you can replace 4 window sensors with one glass break sensor, saving you time and money. Your home can be completely secured with at least half the equipment.

Facts like this can be gathered by a home security professional, whose job it is to know what is best for every situation and help guide you in making the right choice for your home and budget. When you’re comparing home security systems, make sure you have all the facts before you buy.

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