It’s no secret that we are big proponents of DIY home security systems. Not only do these systems give you complete ownership and control of your alarm system, but they also save you hundreds in installation costs and hidden contract fees. Professionally installed systems do have the benefits of being able to send for a service technician when something breaks and not having to install the system yourself, but these small conveniences come with big costs. DIY home security systems often only take our customers a day or less to install themselves, and they enjoy the peace of mind that they are getting the exact system that they want and need. When you put your own home security system in, you don’t have to worry about getting pressured into extra bells and whistles that you may not really need.
What Features to Look for in a DIY Home Security System
When shopping for a DIY home security system that will work best for your needs, there are a few questions you need to ask yourself. First, will you be purchasing monitoring services? Or do you plan on self-monitoring? If you plan to purchase monitoring services, you’ll want to double check that the equipment you’re planning to install will work with their services.
Secondly, you’ll want to think about what kind of alarm equipment you want? Are you looking for a simple security system with basic door and window sensors? Or are you wanting something a little more flashy with doorbell and other cameras? Or are you wanting a system that will integrate with an entire smart home system that includes a smart thermostat, fire alarms, lights, etc. Even if your goal is to start with a more basic system, and upgrade to more smart features over the year, you’ll want to make sure that the product line you’re going with works with the smart features you may want and that both the alarm products and smart home features are well rated.
Third, you’ll want to decide if you want to go with a wireless system or a hard wired system. We recommend wireless equipment for DIY home security because it is a lot easier to install and you can easily add to it or move equipment if you change your mind about something. Wired systems, while definitely not impossible to install yourself, do usually require a little bit of know-how to install yourself.
If you’d like to know more about being able to take home security into your own hands by installing your own DIY home security system, contact us today to have all your questions answered!