I recently purchased my first home. While the property was vacant and owned by the bank, the screens were split in an effort to try to break into the home. Luckily the doors and windows were locked at the time and the offender decided to walk away. This made me consider security when I moved in and I weighed some options. I want to feel safe while away from home and wanted to be prepared for a break in, but the costs associated with security systems are way too high. This is why I decided to go with a DYI solution and ended up installing the line of products. I now have peace of mind with no additional costs and without the headaches involved with home security service providers. The following is a list of things to consider before jumping into a conventional security service.
Most home security companies require a technician to come and install security systems. Not only are you inviting a stranger into your house, but this could cost hundreds to thousands of dollars. It is especially expensive if your home isn’t pre-wired or you go with an elaborate system. With DIY like, you do not need to run cables because they are wireless, you can mount them anywhere there is a Wi-Fi connection, and the installation takes less than 5 minutes for a non-technical person.
2. Monthly Fees
Monthly fees for a monitored security system can range anywhere from $25 to over $100 a month and typically require a several year contract. That usually exceeds the average annual homeowner’s policy discount for having the service. These fees do not apply to a DIY security network. The system automatically does the monitoring for you and will send you a notification in the event there is a security threat.
3. False Alarms
Approximately 80% of reported alarms are false alarms. When this alarm is received by a security monitoring center and they contact the police, you will be billed for the false alarm. With cloud based DIY sensors like, you get notified directly (via email, phone call, text, or tweet) instead of it going through a monitoring center. You can use your own judgment whether or not to call the police. This will save you from expensive false alarm fees.