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In today’s world, security and safety is not guaranteed. That is why you should get the best DIY home security system.

But before getting started with any security systems, here are some of the questions to ask yourself;

  • How huge is your home?
  • What valuables do you have?
  • What are you keeping safe?
  • What kind of installation would suit your needs the best?
  • What does your and your family’s daily activity look like?
  • What is your budget?

Once you have answered the above questions, you will be in a better position to decide upon the best security system for you. 

This article is going to help you make that decision and give you the right steps to identify the best home security system for you. But first let’s define it.

What is a DIY Home Security System

Not so long ago, having a home security system meant you are rich. It involved a whole lot of processes, signing up with home security system companies, getting contracts, and including professional installations.

That meant more money was used for the process, and you also had to make a commitment of one year or more, for contracts and monitoring plans.

However, technology is changing, and the process has been easy for everyone with DIY home security systems.

It means you get to order everything you need for your security system and installation online, the company then ships the system to you, alongside the instructional manual and you do everything yourself.

You can monitor the system and how it is performing by a mobile app and you don’t need to sign any monitoring plans. There are many companies out there that offer no monitoring plans for DIY home security systems.

5 Things to Know Before Buying a DIY Home Security System

Before making a purchase whatsoever, here are the 5 things to keep in mind first;

1. Types

Different home security systems come in different shapes and sizes depending on the company, the brand, and the manufacturer. 

Some are wireless and come with an LCD panel that is installed in the center point of your home to control Bluetooth sensors, WI-FIs, and other home automations, wirelessly.

Other types include a cellular radio for two-way communication with the monitoring agent from the monitoring company, while others use hub devices.

2. Components

This includes sensors, cameras, and other components that make up the entire DIY security system.

You need to know what sensors and how many of them you want/need. You might need one for each of the main entrances to your home, each that leads to your main sitting area in your house, one on at least each of the main big windows.

You might also want to install them on hallways and stairways. Remember, there are many types of motion sensors so you might want to put some thoughts or do some consultation on which ones you should get.

3. Monitoring

DIY systems are mostly self-monitored by a mobile app. This allows you to view footages live, or recorded and monitor the system remotely. When a sensor detects something unusual or is triggered, it sends you a push notification, (or sometimes email notification, depending with the setting)

4. Installation

DIY security systems are easy to install especially if you have some knowledge about it. There is nothing to worry about if you don’t know anything about installation as it also comes with a manual that you can easily follow instructions on where and how to place sensors, cameras and the hub.

You will find that some use a wired connection while others use WI-FI to connect to your router and home network.

Install the hub and mobile app first then follow the rest of the instructions on the manual to install the rest of the system.

5. Price varies

It is also important to know that prices differ from company to company and you might find the same exact home system with different prices.

Depending on the size of your home, the cost might vary too. That includes, how many sensors and other components you need. Whether or not you will need professional monitoring will also go into the cost and it also varies from company to company.

Always shop around first and get different quotes before settling on a company or any home security system.

How to Choose the Best DIY Home Security System 

Now that you know what to look out for while choosing a DIY home security system you realize that it is not hard at all. Here are some of the things you need to keep in mind;

  • The system you choose must meet your needs and requirements. You must be able to get all the components you need.
  • Choose the size that only fits your home. For whatever reason these companies will always tell you that there is only a one size fits all. Request to have the systems customized to fit your home. Make sure it covers all your windows, doors, and all the grounds.
  • Get the best provider you can ever get. Do thorough research by reading reviews online, asking for references, and consulting with different companies.