DIY Home Security Systems

A home security system is an essential feature to have to protect your property. No matter if you own a home or condo or rent an apartment it is essential to protect your property to the best of ability. There are many security systems and individual security items on the market today. There are countless security companies in business today willing to set you up with a system for a price. There are also a lot of homeowners, condo owners or apartment dwellers who like to take care of maintenance and repairs themselves. DIY home systems installation is not beyond the capabilities of do it yourselfers.

A DIY home security systems kit is available with everything you need to install a complete home security system. The security company will assist you to plan an effective security system for your home and protect the things that are most valuable to you. If you can handle a screwdriver and wrench and know when to refer to the directions, you will be able to install your security system yourself.

The upside to installing the system yourself is you save on an installation fee. The downside is you may discover to late that something in the installation is amiss when the system fails to work properly, and a thief walks away with some of your stuff. That can be avoided by taking advantage of the customer service most security companies offer DIY home systems. They will often provide advice and help if a certain installation proves trickier than the directions indicate. Some companies will even perform a final inspection when the installation is complete to make sure the system is working properly. A discount on your homeowners insurance may depend on that inspection and certificate.

One other upside to installing a security system yourself is you will not have strange people in your house. If I were a thief, I might consider operating a home security system for the purpose of casing houses and picking out the ones that had the kind of things I would like to steal. If I was a home security specialist, I would know how to get around a security system. In fact, I would even design the systems myself to be sure I could get around them.

Check to be sure your DIY home security systems come with a warranty on equipment.  The elements of the system will have a predicted life bit what happens if an element is proved to be defective? The warranty will specify the coverage with qualifiers such as the equipment being installed properly, the system used as intended and not abused in any way. The security company may mandate a final inspection of your installation in order to activate a warranty. If that is the case with your system, do not skimp on that aspect.

To be sure your DIY home systems is in good working order, inspect and test the system regularly. If the security manufacturer has an inspection and testing program, follow the program to the letter. If an element needs to be replaced, replace it immediately. Do not chance your system being at risk for any amount of time.

Buying a Home Security System FAQ’s

How do I know what to buy?

Unless you’re comfortable taking all the responsibility for your family’s security and you’re an avid do-it-yourselfer, your best bet is to call a professional. Most security companies provide a no cost evaluation and will make appropriate recommendations for your home.

How expensive is a home security system?

Home security equipment costs can range from nothing upfront to well over $1,000. It depends on the features that you want and whether you are buying the equipment or leasing it along with a monitoring agreement. Some security companies will provide the basic equipment for free or a minimal fee when you sign a contract for their monitoring service but have additional charges for additional sensors and functionality. Comparison shopping for the specific features that you need can save you a bundle.

You can also buy a variety of home security equipment from home centers and electronics stores. There are single window/door alarms for as little as $10 or you can custom design a system to fit your needs. Just as using a security company, each window, door or other area of protection will generally cost more money.

Are there recurring costs for a home security system?

If you go for a monitored system, you’ll incur a monthly fee that will range from as little as $6 to well over $50 depending on the company and the options that you choose.

There are many companies in this business and they all offer a variety of plans. There are also differences in the reliability and type of monitoring from company to company. Monitoring plans are offered for basic burglary protection to live video from anywhere in the world and everything in between. The largest companies with great reputations tend to have the highest prices but generally offer the best overall service.

What do I need a monitoring service for?

Since most burglaries occur when your home is empty, your security system may not do any good without a monitoring service. A loud siren may scare off a burglar but you can bet that they’ll silence the alarm quickly if they do stick around. Some do-it-yourself systems are capable of dialing out, but beware as a telephone line won’t work after the burglar cuts it. Since most of the monitoring services use cell phone technology as the main or back-up communication method, you are protected even when your phone line is cut.

Do I have to sign a contract with a monitoring service?

Maybe; since there are so many different companies out there, they all have different terms and conditions. Generally speaking, the largest companies in the business as well as any company providing discounted or free equipment will require a contract. Three year terms are typical and I know at least one company that uses a five year contract. These are similar to cell-phone plans as they typically carry hefty penalties for an early cancellation.

If I invest in a security system, what happens if I move?

Most of the security systems installed today are easily moved. As hard wired systems are not cost effective to install, chances are you would get a wireless system that can easily move along with you. Some of the larger security companies have provisions for reinstallation upon moving built into their contracts. If you own the equipment, you can include it when selling your home as a security system does add value to a home for sale.

Can I get a security system if I rent my home?

Absolutely; in most cases the security company would require permission from your landlord prior to installation. I don’t know too many landlords who wouldn’t welcome the idea.

Do I lose my protection if there’s a power failure?

Any decent security system has a battery back-up that would power the system for hours, if not days. So when lights and other things that rely on electricity may not benefit your security during a power failure, you can have peace of mind with a security system.

Does a security company cover any losses from a break-in?

That would be a no. Your homeowner’s or renter’s insurance covers any losses beyond your deductible. The only exception to this is in the contracts of a few companies where a few hundred dollars may be payable if losses are a direct result of negligence on their part. This would usually cover your insurance deductible. The good news about insurance is that you’ll get a discount on your premium after a security system is installed!

Can a security system do more than guard my home from burglars?

Today’s security systems have matured to the point of home automation. Fire, smoke and carbon monoxide detection are very common and thermostat and lighting control are available in many systems. Communication technologies and the internet allow monitoring and complete home control from anywhere in the world.

Video Intercom Systems For Your Home – Keeping Your Family Safe!

Like many new technologies, intercom systems have gone through numerous changes since first appearing on the market. While intercom systems were once utilized primarily by businesses and apartment buildings, they’re commonly used for individual homes these days. As these systems have become more affordable over the years and have also added more and more options that have been useful for residential homes.

The addition of video is one of the most critical changes in intercom technology. You can now see the person at the door without them seeing you, and not only when the audio is activated. You can monitor your entry doors without anyone knowing you’re looking. This is perfect for homes where you have kids. Kids can now easily recognize the person standing at the door before attempting to unlock them.

Home intercom systems now offer features that let you monitor rooms inside your home as well, with the ability to check audio and video. You can play music through your intercom system, letting you enjoy the benefits of a home-wide audio system. There are various systems for these, so make sure you check out with your local vendor on the many functions of the video intercom systems.

Video intercom systems can be installed at entry doors as well as property gates. Those installed at gates can come with the option of remote or automated entry. Remote entry can be initiated with a gate remote, and with some of the more expensive intercom systems, you can use your cell phone to remotely open the gate. Gates can be installed with automatic relocking mechanisms, removing the need to exit your vehicle when entering or leaving your property.

All additional lines of security that can be added to your home will help you ensure the safety of your home and belongings, but more importantly, of yourself and your loved ones. Criminals these days hardly distinguish their prey, they do not care if you’re a single mother with toddlers in the house, nor do they care if you are eight or nine months pregnant. Criminals are criminals who will enter and rob you regardless of your social standing. That is why, all homes must have a good set of security system in place.