When deciding what kind of security system to install, people are often torn between professionally installed & monitored systems, and systems they can install themselves. Both options have their benefits and drawbacks. As you’re making your decision, you’ll need to ask yourself a few questions: how much do you want to monitor your home? How is your space laid out and how large is it? And, do you plan to update your system frequently.
How Much Control Do You Want?
What level of control do you want over your home security? Some systems offer you a central hub that aggregates control over security, thermostat, lighting, locks, and more. You can purchase systems already designed to give you that control over everything, while still being managed and overseen by a home protection company.
If you choose to go down the DIY route, you’d be designing your own home security solution. This can mean building a unique artillery of gadgets and systems that can all be accessed right from your smartphone, wherever and whenever you want. In a lot of cases, DIY projects can be cheaper; but if you go all out, you might want to consider bringing in the professionals to get the job done.
What Does Your Space Look Like?
Home security should be based around your particular needs, namely the size of your living space, its floor plan, and whether or not you rent or own. Where entryways are situated will affect the kind of system or gadgets you install. A professional system could be the best option if you have a larger home with a lot of doors and windows on the ground floor. Professionals would be able to assess your living space and recommend options based on where you live, how large your home is, and the number of entryways. Alternatively, a DIY system could work best for you if you live in an apartment or a smaller rental home. The decision is ultimately yours, and will be based on your comfort.
Updates? Upgrades? Customization?
Plenty of professional home security companies have system updates and upgrades to offer more safety and intelligence, but maybe working through a company to implement those updates takes too long for you, or you’d rather incorporate your own gadgets into your security system. That said, do you typically like to stick to plans and put stock in authority, or do you prefer to go your own way? Figuring this out could help you settle on a professional or DIY system for your home.
A professional system has a feeling of permanence, while a DIY system offers several moving parts that you can take with you wherever you go. Things like throw bolts, Canary™, basic entryway security sensors, motion-detecting lights, and more offer you customization at a cumulative price point that you are left to determine.
Both professional and DIY systems have their benefits and drawbacks. Do some research, ask yourself how much control you want to have, and figure out if you want something more permanent or not. The results of this research will help you determine the solution that will best fit your unique needs.