Tips for Choosing the Best Home Security System

Tips for Choosing the Best Home Security System
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Tips for Choosing the Best Home Security System

There are numerous advertisements and articles that highlight the latest smart security system. In fact, there are so many systems available that it’s hard to determine which one is right for your needs. That’s why we’re sharing the following information from We hope it will help make your home security system decision easier.

1. Consider whether you want a system that you monitor yourself, or if you want to pay a subscription fee to have your home surveilled 24/7 by professionals. Some security service vendors will contact your local fire and police departments when alarms are triggered. However, the higher the level of service you get, the more you can expect to pay.

2. If you’re not ready for a dedicated security system, consider the many individual devices available that you can use to monitor your home from anywhere using your phone or tablet.

3. Choose a system that allows you to customize if you plan to create “rules” such as having the lights turn on when motion is detected, having your doors unlock when a smoke alarm goes off, or having a camera begin recording when a sensor is triggered. You can store video on a local device in your home (a cheaper option) or you can opt for cloud storage (for a subscription fee) through your security vendor.

4. If you are truly on a budget, a do-it-yourself (DIY) security system might be a better option. Essentially, you can save a significant amount on installation charges and subscription fees. There are many DIY systems available that are easy to install and can be configured to suit your specific needs.

5. Understand that some DIY systems are self-monitored, sending you alerts when devices are triggered so you can contact the local authorities on your own. However, some DIY vendors do offer professional monitoring service options as well. The most important thing to consider before opting for a DIY system is your patience level and expertise for installing monitors, sensors and other system components.

6. Whether you decide to go with a DIY security system or a professionally installed smart security system, be sure to allow money in your budget for a monthly or annual monitoring fee ($30 to $60 on average) and the cost of components ($500 to $3,000 or more on average).

7. If you don’t feel that you need all of the bells and whistles of a full-blown security system, you could opt to use an indoor or outdoor security camera instead. This is optimal if you live in a small apartment or you have an outdoor space you want to monitor. Most standalone security cameras connect to your home’s Wi-Fi so you can monitor your property from your phone or tablet.

With these tips in hand, you are now better prepared to choose your home security system!

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