Going with a home security system to protect your house and property is an excellent decision, however, deciding you want one can be a much easier decision than figuring out how to finance such an expense! The cost of technology today, even top technologies that will most effectively protect your family and home is more affordable than ever. However, with the economy still sagging its shoulders many families are having a hard time which part of the budget to shave those extra dollars off of. The simple truth that most of the home security companies don’t want you to know is that price does not necessarily equal top security at home. There are many factors that go into deciding what kind of system will best fit each individual homeowner’s situation, and sometimes the best system is one that comes at a far lower price. To get an idea of where you might be able to cut costs, and where you never should, take a look at the list below.
DO cut on: Installation costs whenever possible. If you are installing a wireless system, or a simple alarm unit, there is really no need to hire a professional to do what you will be able to figure out in a matter of minutes or hours!
DON’T cut on: Installation! While sometimes it’s okay to let installation costs slide, if you are working with a wired system, or one that has sensitive or delicate parts, or even just parts that must be calibrated like a video surveillance system, it’s never a good idea to set up the system on your own unless of course that is your area of extreme expertise! Not only do you run the risk of breaking and thereby ruining the system by your own error, but of compromising its functionality from day one and giving your family a false sense of security.
DO cut on: The cost of installing sensors on every single door and window of your home, unless you live in a particularly dangerous neighborhood. Most of the time, sturdy door and window locks on upper stories are sufficient, as long as they are used properly! In the majority of residential burglaries, by far, the intruder enters through a ground level door or window (like the front door) due to the human error of leaving the door poorly locked, or unlocked! A policy of always having locked and/or secured upper story doors and windows means your first floor home security system can really do its job.
DO and DON’T cut on: Extras. If you live in an area where there hasn’t been a flood in, well, ever, then don’t go for flood protection! However, a house fire can be devastating and even deadly, so all homeowners should include that in a good, worthwhile home security system. If you spend a lot of time away from home, or have children or teens that spend time at home while you’re away, a monitored home security system might not be an extra, since you’ll have the peace of mind of knowing that security professionals are always just the touch of a button away. However, if you live in a busy house with many adult occupants, constant comings and goings might make a monitored system impractical and annoying. Correctly and thoroughly analyzing your real security concerns is the best way to go to make sure you’re not cutting, or adding on, in the wrong places.