DIY Home Security - Is It Right for You?

by Silver Spoon Properties & Lending 10/27/2019

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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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Silver Spoon Properties & Lending

Carlo Honanian is the Broker and President of Silver Spoon Investments. Carlo started off his career as a Vice President with Chase Bank in the early 1990s with extensive experience in residential and commercial loans, banking, compliance, human resources, sales, clients services,and branch management. Carlo’s real estate career was added to his portfolio of expertise and services in 1999 and has continued on till today. Carlo takes great pride in listening to his client’s needs and providing outstanding service with integrity. Getting training in extensive management skills and superior customer service by one of the top banking institutions around, Carlo has carried the same mentality to the field of real estate and financing in creating and operating Silver Spoon Properties and Lending. Carlo’s vision for creating this company was simple, to be a one-stop-shop for clients to handle all of their real estate and lending needs. Carlo’s extensive experience in loan origination, real estate sales, bank management,and clients services is a distinct advantage to his clients. With the broad knowledge and understanding of residential and commercial real estate and lending, added with a tremendous focus on providing superior customer service and experience is what you can expect with Carlo and Silver Spoon Properties and Lending.

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