Keeping your loved ones safe is an important responsibility. And when it comes time to choose the right security options for your home, there are a plethora of choices available. To help you find the right fit, let’s start with your priorities.
Shaping Your Strategy
Many home security companies offer systems that include all the bells and whistles. That might seem smart on the surface since you’re buying an all-in-one package. That said, do you need all of the equipment?
When you go to determine which home security features you want for your home, here are some things to consider:
- Budget: How much do you want to pay for the equipment?
- Commitment: If you go with some home security companies, they’ll make you sign a service contract.
- Connectivity: Do you want access to security features like a feed to your doorbell camera on your phone?
- Support: Do you prefer to have someone standing by to call the police when an alarm is triggered?
All of these factors can help you decide which security features you want when selecting a system. Once you have your priorities established, here are some of your options:
Do It Yourself Security Systems
If you want to save some money on installation expenses and avoid the long-term commitments, do it yourself security systems are a smart choice. You can buy a system such as the Adobe Home Security Kit that comes with one window/door sensor, a gateway, and a motion sensor for less than $300.
What’s more, you can sign up for monitoring service (for a monthly fee of $10.) The system also includes environmental sensors for CO2 and fire. In addition, the system is compatible with voice assistants like Amazon Alexa.
Professional Security Systems
These are the more traditional approach in that you contact a provider like ADT, who will learn more about your residence and security concerns. From there, they can help you find the right package for you.
With these companies, they offer a suite of cool equipment including a tablet that serves as your command hub. This command hub allows you to unlock/lock doors, access camera feeds around your residence, and more.
Furthermore, companies like ADT and Vivint offer 24/7 monitoring. How this works is if an intruder triggers an alarm or motion detector in your home, it sends a signal to your provider, who will contact the authorities for you.
It’s important to note there are monthly fees for this service. In addition, you might have to pay for installation fees and sign a service contract. If you terminate service before the contract’s expiration date, you’ll pay an early termination fee.
With these things in mind, choosing the right system comes down to your personal preferences such as costs, features, and support. By considering these factors first, it will help you discover the right system for you.
And while you’re protecting your residence, ensure it has the financial protection it requires. Contact an independent Cole Harrison agent today to learn more about our homeowner or renters insurance policies.