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.

Why These Are the Most Popular Home Security Systems

Home security systems can be very helpful to home owners. These are tools that help prevent cases of intrusions and break-ins. The challenge is the varieties of home security systems are so numerous that deciding which one to buy is difficult. Here is help for you in how to tell the differences among versions and what will best suit your home security needs.

Home security systems vary depending on their features and the technology they use. They can also differ depending on which part of the house they will be installed. There are versions of home security equipment that are either wired or wireless, have motion detectors, and those that provide indoor security for outdoor perimeter protection.

To some home owners, simple and not complicated security devices work best. The effectiveness of a security system is not always dependent on how advanced it is when it comes to technology.

Several factors need to be considered: such as security conditions of the area where you live in, the size of your home, your family’s daily activities and a lot more. The following systems are considered as the most preferred security solutions in the market.

Total Wireless Home Security Solution

Systems for security focus on keeping a window or a door in such a way to prevent intrusions. In these modern times, a holistic approach has been taken by a lot of security companies to ensure total home security.

Devices providing complete home security are usually wireless. Systems offering total wireless security are, not just limited to detecting intrusions but, also programmed to monitor flood and temperature.

These security systems include a security alarm kit which includes a control panel, motion sensors for the door and windows, and an emergency dialer. This makes it a convenient investment for home owners since everything is included in one purchase. They need not separately buy a window or door lock or a sensor, a security control panel and other home system device for protection. This is indeed a total solution to home security since there are varieties that offer a control panel which can detect more than 24 motion sensors.

Security Cameras for Home Use

Security cameras for the home have evolved since they were first launched. Nowadays, a home security camera can be under a wired or wireless format. The newest development on these security cameras is the internet enabled feature.

This internet capability allows you to connect your home camera to the internet so that you can view it anywhere you are in the world. These types of camera are relatively small and light and can be installed in any part of your house without being visible to intruders. By watching the camera feed on your computer you can easily spot intruders without their knowledge and immediately call the police department.

Window and Door Security System

Windows and doors are common points of entry for intruders. This has led to the development of several very effective types of window and door security systems.

The most common window and door protection ranges from dead bolts, motion detection system, wireless alarm systems and glass lamination. This is a very popular choice since it is not as expensive but can still provide basic security protection. This is best for areas where common intrusion cases are done through the windows or doors.

Home security systems are great tools for your family’s protection. Investing in these systems will ensure that your property is out of the intruders list of targets.