DIY Home Alarms – Which One Is Best For You?

Thinking about getting a DIY home alarm system. Not all systems or companies are the same. With Think Protection, Simplisafe, Frontpoint, Livewatch and Protect America, there are so many choices. How do you know which DIY alarm company is best? When choosing a DIY alarm system, here are some things to think about and questions to ask.

Professionally Monitored vs. Self Monitored

What’s the difference between professional monitoring and self monitoring? Self monitoring means that when your alarm is triggered you get notified. You then have to respond. If you don’t have your phone, then you won’t know you had an alarm event. Professional monitoring means a 24/7 professional response. Your alarm gets triggered and you get notified. Then a signal is sent to a professional monitoring centre. A professional representative can then respond. They’ll notify emergency contacts. After they’ll contact police if necessary. When choosing a DIY alarm system, get it professionally monitored. Self monitored alarms provide limited peace of mind. Only a professional monitored alarm will truly protect your home.

What’s The Price?

Now that you’ve decided to get a professionally monitored DIY alarm, it’s important to look at price. How much is the monitoring? Some companies charge as much as $50/month. Others as low as $12.99/month (Think Protection). Understand that most people stay with an alarm company for 9 years. This means that $37/month difference will add up to over $3500 in savings! Think long term and go with a company with great rates.

Contract

Some alarm companies will force you to agree to a long term contract. Others go month to month. Never sign a long term alarm contract. Contracts only benefit the company, never the customer. With there being so many DIY alarm choices, go with the best value. And by not having a contract, if you’re unhappy you can cancel anytime.

Money Back Guarantee

Some DIY alarm companies have a money back guarantee period. Some go from 7 days and others go for longer.  Avoid DIY security companies that don’t have a money back guarantee. A guarantee gives you a period you can return if you’re unhappy. If you have cold feet or they don’t live up to promises. Peace of mind comes with a money back guarantee. Make sure your DIY company has one.

Easy Installation

Technology has come a long way over the past few years. DIY alarms are now easy to set up. Ask on your purchase call what the steps to installation are. Look at online reviews. See what other customers are saying. Do your research. Most should be easy to install. Some panels are harder than others. Check if the DIY company has a money back guarantee. If they do, then most likely the installation is easier. If it wasn’t they wouldn’t have the guarantee!

Online Reviews

Check online reviews before purchasing. Trustpilot and Homestars are two online review sites. Both show actual customer reviews. They both eliminate fake reviews. Read about the quality of product. How good is the service? Was the DIY installation easy? How are the prices? You can learn alot from these review sites. It will help you choose with DIY company is best for you.

 

Why Should You Choose A DIY Home Alarm System?

Over the past few years, the security industry has seen the rise of the DIY home alarm system. How do they compare to a traditional security system? What are the benefits? Here are a few reasons why you should choose a DIY home alarm system.

Better Technology

Technology has come incredibly far over the past 10 years. This is especially true in home security. New wireless alarms can do everything a wired alarm can do, and more! Everything is simplified and can be connected to a central station through broadband or cellular signals. This means that a home phone line is no longer required. The advances in technology mean that a DIY home alarm can be easily set up. Some in around half an hour. Plus these systems are completely wireless, so no drilling is required. Simple, fast and effective, a DIY monitored alarm system easily protect your home and family at an incredibly low price.

No Installer

Traditional alarm companies try to convince customers that installers are beneficial. They say they are needed to provide the best customer experience. The truth is that they are unnecessary with a new system. If you have an old, wired alarm system then yes you need an installer. A new system though does not.

In fact, installers are extremely detrimental. Customers have to take time off work to wait around for an installer. Most companies give half day windows, and on average a large number of installations either get rescheduled or the installer comes late! The reality is with new technology a homeowner can easily do everything the installer would be doing themselves. Plus, the installer doesn’t come for free. The alarm company pays large sums to the installer. This means that the costs get passed to the customer! So you’re paying more for an unnecessary service!

Plus an installer is someone you don’t know inside your home. They could be a smoker or wear dirty boots throughout the house! Who wants a stranger in your home? The beauty of DIY is you can do everything easy by yourself, in a fraction of the time an installer can do it.

Better Prices

DIY monitored alarm systems can provide lower prices than a traditional one. Why is this? Because of the cost of the installer! Less company overhead means more savings for you. For examples, Think Protection charges only $12.99/month for monitoring. ADT is $40+ per month. Vivint is $50+ per month. Both of these companies have installers and significant overhead! The cost of those gets passed to the customer. With a DIY system, you’ll save and get the same (if not better) technology.