Home Security

The Best Security System for Your Home

Charles Harder | March 6, 2024

My mom recently called asking me about getting a home security system installed.  As we discussed the options, I realized that people may not realize the various options they can choose when securing and monitoring their home.  That's when I thought, I should really create a blog post to help our clients understand the options available when looking to install a home security system!

Let's dive into the world of home security, comparing traditional services like ADT and Vivint with self-installed systems such as Ring and SimpliSafe, and uncover some of the differences.

Traditional Home Security Systems

One of the key advantages of traditional systems is the professional installation service. This ensures that your security system is set up correctly and optimized for your specific home layout. For homeowners who may not be tech-savvy or those who prefer a hands-off approach, this professional setup can offer peace of mind, knowing that every sensor and camera is installed to perfection.

Moreover, companies like ADT and Vivint provide 24/7 professional monitoring, a service that immediately alerts both the homeowner and emergency services in the event of a break-in, fire, or carbon monoxide detection. This level of response can be crucial in emergency situations, offering an extra layer of security that self-monitored systems may lack.

Often times, in exchange for a low installation price (or even free installations), these companies may ask you to sign a long term contract (4-5 years) AND pay hefty monthly fees for monitoring (over $100 per month).

Self-Installed Systems

In an era where technology empowers us to be more hands-on, self-installed security systems stand out for their user-friendly design and cost-effectiveness. Brands like Ring and SimpliSafe offer a range of inexpensive cameras and sensors that you can easily set up around your home, connected to an app on your mobile device. This DIY approach not only saves you thousands in installation fees but also puts the power of surveillance at your fingertips, anytime, anywhere.

The downside is that the user really needs to be technically proficient and a little handy to make sure everything is installed correctly and running smoothly.

The Video Surveillance Debate

When it comes to capturing video around your home, opting for a solution like Ring can be more advantageous than traditional security companies. These self-installed doorbells and cameras provide high-quality video surveillance without the hefty price tag. The flexibility to monitor your home through a mobile app ensures you're always connected, giving you the ability to respond swiftly to any alerts. This approach demystifies the idea that effective home security must come with a steep price, showcasing the power of modern technology to offer peace of mind on a budget.

Avoiding Long-term Contracts and High Monthly Fees

One of the most compelling reasons to choose self-installed systems is the freedom from long-term contracts and unreasonable monthly fees. With companies like SimpliSafe and Ring, you can enjoy the benefits of a secure home for a fraction of the cost, often with no commitment and low annual fees ($99 per year for the Ring App).

Another option is to check with you home insurance carrier or other memberships you may have (for example Costco or USAA) and see if they have any partnerships with a professional security company that you can leverage to lower both installation costs and monthly monitoring fees. 

What Should You Pay?

Navigating the cost of home security shouldn't be a maze. A reasonable monthly payment for a self-monitored system should not exceed $20 to $30. This fee often covers app access and cloud storage for video recordings, ensuring you have everything you need to keep your home safe without breaking the bank.

For professionally installed systems, aim to keep your monthly payment around $75.  And if at all possible, avoid a contract longer than 24 months!

Before you sign a contract, do the math!  How much is installation?  What is the monthly payment?  What will it cost for the entire contract (monthly fee * number of months). And remember, if you sign a long term contract and move before the end of the contract, you will still be responsible for any payments after you move!

Why We Matter in Your Home Security Journey

As seasoned experts in the Orlando real estate market, our team understands the importance of securing your investment. While exploring the best security systems is crucial, partnering with a knowledgeable real estate team is equally important. Our expertise in the Celebration, Winter Garden, Windermere, Dr. Phillips, Horizon West, Reunion, and greater Orlando area ensures you're not just buying a house; you're creating a safe haven for your loved ones. We guide you through every step, ensuring your home meets your security needs and lifestyle aspirations.

In conclusion, choosing the right home security system in today's market shouldn't be a daunting task. By opting for self-installed systems like Ring and SimpliSafe, you're choosing flexibility, affordability, and control. Remember, your home is your sanctuary, and ensuring its security is paramount. For those navigating the vibrant Orlando real estate market, remember, our team is here to guide you toward not just a house, but a secure and loving home. Let us be your compass in the journey of home buying or selling, ensuring you make informed decisions that protect your most cherished investment.

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