Finding the right security system for your home is already a tough job. And if it’s your first time to shop for home security products, the task becomes even more difficult. In case you’re overwhelmed with your options, here are some of the best tips you can try:
Recreate a map of your home
Familiarizing yourself with the layout of your home can give you a clearer idea of the home security products you’ll need. Aside from this, mapping also helps you create a security plan, including where you’ll place your sensors and how many pieces you’ll need.
In creating your map, make sure to include all entry and exit points. Leaving any window or door out can render your home vulnerable to opportunistic thieves. You can also take it as a chance to assess your existing locks. Look out for any broken hinges and knobs and make sure to replace them right away. When assessing your home, you can try imagining yourself as a burglar and think of the best ways you can enter your home without being seen. From there, you can begin drafting your security map and plan.
Know what you want in a security system
Some systems can do more than just monitor for burglars. The best home security system should be able to do a lot of things for you, like automate your home and take care of your lights. Knowing exactly what you want in a system can help you decide on the actual devices you need to buy.
If it’s just for security, you can concentrate on buying sensors, alarms and panels. If you also want it to sync with your smart home, then you can add a few smart lights and even easy-to-install home security cameras.
Determine your lifestyle
If you don’t travel or transfer places frequently, you have a lot of options. However, if you do travel a lot, you may want to consider DIY home security products and those devices that run on wireless technology. You can start small and just keep adding devices as you go along. The most important thing is that you choose a brand that has a good reputation so you know it won’t leave your security hanging, even if you move to another location.
You can read reviews from past and existing clients so you’ll know what to expect from a security provider. It’s also a good idea to check out the most common complaints about them and how they were addressed by the company. Keep in mind to review policies as well so you’ll know how much you need to pay whenever you relocate.
Figure out your budget
In case you have a very limited budget, you can buy a simple burglar alarm and pieces of sensors from your local store for just a small price. Another good option is to get a self-monitored system that comes inclusive of sensors for fire, smoke and carbon monoxide.
However, if you have the money to splurge on your home security, it’s a good idea to invest in professional monitored systems. They are usually monitored by a central monitoring station that operates 24/7 with highly skilled operators. They can send you notifications in case of a security threat or even call local authorities for you. They can also reach out to your emergency contacts in case you’re not responding to any of their calls.
These features can come with monthly monitoring fees on top of their installation fees. Before you agree to any of these things, keep in mind to check their contracts first so you know what you’re signing up with.
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