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DIy Home security Pros and Cons

One of the stumbling blocks to installing a home alarm is often equipment costs or not the installation, but the recurring monthly charges. Though these fees are not exorbitant -- most alarm companies charge less monthly than what you'd pay for cable TV -- they do add up to a few hundred dollars annually. What you might not know is that today's homeowners have a second choice in their home security arsenal: DIY burglar alarms. These systems are very similar to what you get from a professional security firm bur with two major differences: you put in your system (no tech available) and there is no company monitoring of your home's security.

Below are listed a few of the pros and cons of a DIY system. You can also get more info about DIY home security systems:here

Pros of DIY Home security Systems

  1. It's Less Expensive

A DIY home alarm has all the system components you're used to -- keypad, door sensors, window detectors , and motion sensors -- and still costs less than $200 for a basic system. That is a fee, so you will not have extra alarm expenses as soon as you purchase your system.

  1. It Has no Wire connections

Wireless alarm systems are not hard-wired into your electrical system, making them easier to install, expand, move, upgrade, and change.

  1. It’s Mobile

If you rent or may move in the long run, there are DIY systems that are easy to uninstall and take with you. This is beneficial for tenants, who might not have the option for an alarm system.

  1. Online Monitoring

Many DIY systems offer"smart house" features, meaning that via an internet portal or cell phone app you can fix lights in your home, change the thermostat, and perform other adjustments -- including home monitoring (depending on your system).

5. Mobile Phone Alerts

Anyone else -- and if your security is breached, your alarm system is connected via cell phone signal to call you you put on your phone list. You'll be asked to record a warning message that will notify 1-10 parties of the break-in. (You can't choose 911 among these numbers.)


  1. Add-ons Could Be Expensive

You pay $20 + for each component that is new -- if you need more parts than come with your system -- for instance window sensors. That may get get pricey, considering most systems include only two or three window sensors. If the ground floor of your home has eight windows that are movable, you might pay more than $100 extra for accessories to protect each window. The exact same is true for areas and doors in which you need movement detectors.

  1. It’s Simple

Most home alarm businesses offer security options above and beyond their basic package: battery backups, redundant alarms, pet-immune motion detectors, panic buttons, fire monitoring (with flame company alert), and much more. A DIY home securityalarm generally does not provide anything beyond basic wireless security.

Each person is different, which means it is important to consider what values and features are most important to you when deciding on which home alarm system to buy.

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