Shopping for home security definitely warrants a few home security tips. A lot of people don’t even know how to shop smart for anything, let alone a huge undertaking like home security. Before you let yourself fall into the trap of consumerism and let greedy commission-based salesmen swindle you into purchasing something you don’t even want, be smart. Follow these 5 tips to make the home security shopping list that will guide you safely to the system you want to purchase for the price you want to spend.
Tip #1: Ask yourself, do you really need it?
We live in a society where what you have largely defines your value. We’re so driven by consumerism that we will buy anything and everything whether or not we need it. Salesmen, friends, even family members fall into this trap and may try to convince you that you need to buy an expensive home security system. So take a step back and ask yourself, Do I really need it? Do you live in an area where the crime rate is relatively low? Have any of your neighbors even been burglarized over the past 10 years? Do you have quality locks and a compulsion for keeping windows closed? Do you have a Great Dane that doesn’t like strangers? You might not even need a security system, so don’t just purchase one because someone else thinks you need it. Decide for yourself. If you decide that you do need one, then continue reading.
Tip #2: Put together a budget.
Having a budget may be depressing because it’ll limit what you can purchase, but it’ll also be incredibly freeing because you will not have any surprises. Create a budget that you can reasonably follow and that allows you to purchase what you need. It may be a good idea to have a budget range with a semi-flexible upper range that has a point of “Here’s the most I’d like to spend” and another of “Here’s the maximum amount I can spend, no exceptions”. Don’t forget to factor in the monitoring service within your budget.
Tip #3: Decide what your home really needs.
If your area has high property crime rates, you probably want both deterrence and detection devices. A home that has large windows might want more window and glass break sensors to guard against window entry. Homes where keys are regularly lost may need electronic door locks. If you’ve had people snooping around empty homes in your neighborhood, video surveillance may be able to detect them before they can burglarize your home. Areas with greater violent crime may want to consider a heavier hand in the deterrence factor – signs, bolts on the doors, etc. to dissuade criminals. If your home is relatively safe from crime but you don’t have emergency alarms, then you’ll need devices like smoke alarms, water sensors, and carbon monoxide detectors.
Tip #4: Consider how this will affect your life.
If anyone in your home would be greatly encumbered by a security system, that should factor into your decision to get one. You want a home security system that will be more home automation for you so that you don’t have to monitor it all the time. With the right security devices, the transition to using a security system should be fairly seamless. Find ways that it can work with you; for example, if you have a smartphone, get remote monitoring so that it’s easy for you to check on your system with your phone. Talk to everyone who lives in your house to figure out what you all want and need from your security system, and use that in putting together your security system shopping list.
Tip #5: Put together a plan of attack.
Once you’ve figured out all of the above, put together your plan of attack. Don’t just call a security company and say, “I want to buy a security system! So, what should I buy?” They’ll be so excited that they’ll sell you anything and everything they have. But since you are a reasonable person, you can go in there with a plan. With your family, decide how the system should work and what devices you want, and make a plan to follow through.
If you’ll follow these five home security tips, you’ll be able to put together an intelligent shopping list that will get you exactly what you want and won’t be over budget. That’s how you can make home security work for you.