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What Should I Consider When Choosing a Home Security System?

Meta: There are many home security systems available on the market, but not all are created the same. Here are a few key features you’ll want in a security system.


Your home is your greatest investment and to protect it, you’re going to want to invest in the best home system you can afford. But, how do you choose? There are so many options, trying to choose the best one can be a daunting task. 

Here are some key factors to keep in mind when you’re choosing the right home security system to protect your home. 


Home security systems can be installed by a professional or you can do it yourself. If you opt for a system that’s professionally installed, they’ll be able to walk you through the process. They can show you how to use the system and how to choose the best spots for ultimate protection. 

However, if you go the DIY route, the set up will be easier because they feature peel-and-stick adhesive equipment and they’ll be pre-programmed, which is great for those who aren’t so tech-savvy.


As with anything you buy, cost doesn’t necessarily equate to quality. But, not only do you have to consider the quality, you need to consider other costs associated with the system. This costs include: cost to install, cost of the equipment, activation fees, monitoring fees, and other hidden costs. 

Contract requirements

There are some security systems that will require a long-term contract that can span three years! There are some systems with shorter contracts or none at all. If you’re going to sell your house, you may want to look into a system without a contract… or at least a short-term contract. 

Monitoring options

Professionally installed home security systems often include professional, 24-hour monitoring. The moment there’s a disturbance, the professional monitoring system will alert the authorities, be they the police or fire department. Whereas, with DIY monitoring systems, you will have to contact the authorities yourself if you receive a notification that the alarm was triggered. 

Smart home integration

There are certain home security systems that can be integrated with a third-party smart system, like Alexa, Google Assistant, smart lights, and smart thermostats. With all of these systems being interconnected and accessible via smartphone, it makes life so much easier. 

Type of equipment

Depending on the system you choose, you may be able to purchase it outright or you may have to lease it. Some providers will give you the option to choose which type you’d like to use. Keep in mind that if you are going to move or have small children/pets that could interfere with the equipment, wireless is probably the best way to go. 

Type of connection

If you’re going with a professional monitoring system, you will need to choose how to connect to the monitoring center. You will need to decide between landline, broadband, or cellular. Landlines are the cheaper option but they are the least secure, whereas cellular is the most secure and most expensive. Broadband is a good mid-way option, but keep in mind that if your power goes out, so does your protection. 

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