Installing a home security system is an important step to protecting your home and family. But with technology on the rise, there is an overwhelming number of systems and services to choose from. Here are some things to consider when choosing the right security system for your home:
Systems & Services
For many years, home security was either a guard dog, locked windows and doors, or both. Today, something as simple as your doorbell can be a camera that you can view from anywhere in the world. Companies like ADP and Vivint offer a range of professional packages, including indoor, outdoor and doorbell security, as well as smoke detectors and smart home capabilities. Systems like Ring and Nest can be purchased online and shipped directly to your door. These systems also offer indoor, outdoor and doorbell security, smart home technology, and can be easily installed or moved to a new home by you, with no appointments necessary.
You’ll want to decide whether you want a professionally installed system or would rather take a DIY approach. A professional security company will most likely require a consultation, as well as a separate scheduled appointment with the homeowner present at the time of installation. If you choose to purchase and install on your own, you have the luxury of setting up your system on your own time, no appointment necessary.
According to HomeAdvisor, the 2019 average installation cost for home security systems is $694, but can range anywhere from $69 to $2,000. Aside from installation costs, you’ll need to consider the cost of equipment, such as sensors, cameras and optional smart home features. For those on a budget, purchasing and installing on your own will save you a lot of money, as systems start as low as $99 and have no installation fee. Other costs include activation as well as monthly fees, which start at $3.00/month and top out at $50.00/month.