Besides saving on an expensive installation, there are a number of other ways that a Do-It-Yourself home security route can also save you cash. We all know that we can’t put a price on family safety and security, but we also know that we need to be cognizant of areas where we may be spending too much or even wasting our hard-earned dollars. The following are a few of the ways that you can save money with a DIY installation without compromising security:
Know What You Want and Need Ahead of Time
Taking the time to research the precise equipment that you need is an important first step in securing your home and saving money in the process. For example, knowing whether you need a hardwired system or a wireless one, knowing how many surveillance cameras you need, or even what kind of weather conditions your equipment will be exposed to are all important to consider prior to purchasing new home security devices. While a lot of the systems that Home Security Store sells can be expanded to accommodate additional cameras and other security devices, it is best (and often more cost-effective) to purchase precisely what you need the first time around. Knowing what you need ahead of time can also save you money on shipping costs since we offer free shipping on orders over a certain amount.
Avoid False Alarms
False alarms are not only a nuisance, but they can create gaps in security if a homeowner stops arming a system in order to avoid them. Some homeowners also stop arming systems in order to avoid costly fines imposed by local authorities after being summoned by too many false alarms. However, there are better and far more cost-effective ways of dealing with these events.
The first step in eliminating false alarms is to find out what is causing them. Often, such is due to a faulty installation, loose windows, loose window contacts, low batteries or some other equipment issue. False alarms are also sometimes caused by human error, such as inputting the wrong code. Pets can even trigger a false alarm, which is why we always recommend that pet owners invest in burglar alarms with passive infrared (PIR) sensors in order to reduce the likelihood of furry family members accidentally triggering an alarm.
Save on Monitoring
We’ve been very upfront in sharing some of the deceptive practices that take place in the home security industry. One thing that seems to surprise people the most is how home security vendors are profiting from expensive monitoring contracts. By self-installing an alarm system, however, people can save as much as $250 per year simply by also obtaining service directly from a monitoring company. The exact quality of service that vendors charge as much as $30 per month for can be had for as little as $9 per month when opting for a direct relationship with a monitoring service (visit our main store for details).
Save on Homeowner’s Insurance
Some insurance carriers offer discounts to homeowners with security systems. In certain instances, greater savings may also be offered if a home’s alarm system is professionally monitored. Of course, you’ll need to speak to your insurance agent to find out if this applies to you and to learn more, but while this doesn’t apply exclusively to DIY installations, it is a very good way to save money while making your best effort to keep your home safe.
Invest in Deterrents
Layering home security is not only important for the safety of your family, but doing so can also help save a ton of money. By displaying inexpensive security items like yard signs, window decals and the like, a burglar is more likely to heed the warning and look for someplace else to burglarize. Him doing so, of course, spares the valuables in your home, but it also saves you the cost of damaged security equipment, broken windows, broken doors and other structural damage that may take place during the course of a break-in.
Ask For Help
While installing a DIY home security system is something that most everybody can do in a single weekend (and often within only a few hours), some people may be met with special challenges in the process. When faced with a difficult installation challenge, it is better to ask for help than to risk structural damage or equipment damage…or completing a faulty installation. This is why we offer free technical support to our customers.
There’s No Need to Break the Bank
So as you can see, there are a number of ways to save on DIY home security without having to sacrifice your family’s safety in the process. Making the decision to install your own system can already save you a bundle, but with a little extra effort, you can save even more.
How Much Have You Saved?
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