DIY Home Security - Is It Right for You?

by Janet Murray 01/19/2020

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The right home security system can make a profound difference for your peace of mind and make your home an unappealing target -- but do you have to go with a conventional (and expensive) alarm service? In the past, homeowners had few choices, but now, if you own a home and like to DIY you have more options than ever before when it comes to home security. Is a DIY home security system right for you -- or are you better off with the traditional model? Consider these factors as you determine the best way to protect your home. 

DIY vs. Conventional Alarm Services

While the installation and monitoring may differ, both DIY and conventional systems share some factors; both offer wireless connections and monitoring points, both improve the overall security of your home and both can be installed in a day or less. The differences lie in the overall cost, commitment and approach to monitoring. 

A DIY Alarm Service is Right for You If: 

You are handy: If you can do basic home repairs and set up your DVD player or smart-home technology, you have the skills needed to install a DIY alarm system. Alarms used to be very complex and require electrical knowledge. Today's systems are fast and easy to install with the tools you probably have on hand. 

You're wary of contracts: One of the primary consumer complaints about alarm companies in general involves not service, but contracts. Being locked in for a long period of time takes away some of your flexibility. If you move and you have a monitoring contract, you either have to pay to have your system relocated or continue paying for a service you no longer use. Since DIY systems don't require equipment rental or contracts, they are more flexible and forgiving. 

You're on a budget: When you work with a DIY brand, you can buy just what you need, and you'll spend less on equipment and installation. A national brand will charge you for equipment, installation and even ongoing protection fees, making them a more expensive option. 

Since the actual monthly service is very similar, most families benefit from opting for DIY systems. There are a few exceptions. If you have a very large home with many entry points, are unable to do the work needed to install the system or you need more monitoring features, then a traditional system might work. Seniors with limited mobility may have more needs than a growing family or a single individual, and may prefer the all-in-one service offered by a conventional brand. Anyone else can benefit from the low costs and convenience of DIY security systems. 

Reviewing your options allows you to choose the best possible alarm service for your home and family -- and the one that has the perfect balance of cost, commitment and coverage to protect your home. 

About the Author
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Janet Murray

Whether you're in the research phase just beginning of your real estate search or you know exactly what you're looking for, you'll benefit from having a real estate professional by your side. Let Janet Murray put her real estate experience to work for you.

A real estate broker since 2003 including 6 years in a management and marketing role, Janet has an extensive background in residential real estate sales and a skill set that is of great benefit to clients and colleagues alike.

Primarily serving the South Shore of Massachusetts (with the occasional trip North!), her philosophy is simple…she feels that working as a real estate professional is about much more than selling homes; it’s about making connections, building relationships, and working with clients and their families to fulfill real estate goals and dreams. She “loves going that extra mile to make each transaction a personal, positive, and memorable occasion!”

Professional affiliations include membership in the National Association of Realtors®, the Massachusetts Association of Realtors® serving on the board of directors, and locally, South Shore Realtors® where she serves as a 2019 vice-president to the board of directors.A firm believer in education and training, Janet has earned her GRI Designation (Graduate Realtor Institute), the designations of CBR® (Certified Buyer Representative), e-Pro®, and certified PSA® (Pricing Strategy Advisor).