13 Practical Considerations Before You Buy A Home Security System

Statistics show an alarming 1.1 million burglaries and home invasions recorded in 2019 in the U.S; that estimates the daily burglaries at 3000. With such numbers, it is more crucial than ever to consider advanced home security measures. It is always better to be safe than sorry!

You can adopt several security measures to protect your home, one of which is getting a Home Security System. 

To help you get the right security system, we brought in the experts to recommend some practical considerations before deciding on a system.

1. Monitoring by a Professional

“In the event that your alarm is triggered, professional monitoring offers you round-the-clock surveillance since monitoring specialists are on call to assist you. After receiving an alarm from your home security system, a team of professionals will investigate the incident, which may include notifying you and contacting emergency responders. The ability to receive notifications should be available if your alarm or a sensor is triggered if you do not use professional monitoring services and instead want to self-monitor. You will be in charge of sending out notices and notifying the appropriate authorities if necessary.”

Dr. Pooneh Ramezani, CEO, Co-Founder Dr. Brite

2. Sensors at The Door

“Depending on the system, the hardware options can differ, but there is one feature that you can almost always count on seeing in even the most basic of systems: sensors that detect when doors and windows are opened. A number of professionally fitted systems conceal these sensors by concealing them in door jambs and other inconspicuous areas of the home. 

“The two-piece sensors, which line up when doors and windows are closed and feel a broken contact whenever they are opened, will be visible in the other scenarios as well. Similarly, the broken window sensor will sound an alert when the window that has been set off by the sensor is broken, which is exactly what you’d expect it to do.”

Chana Charach, CFO at Income.ca

3. Motion Sensors, Cameras, and Other Advanced Technologies

“Almost all home security systems have sensors that detect the opening of doors and windows. With professionally installed systems, broken window sensors are a common choice. But, in addition to monitoring egress points, different security systems offer a variety of possibilities. In security systems, motion sensors are a popular piece of hardware. Nobody should be moving around your house when you’re not there. A motion sensor will detect it if it is someone else. Pet owners used to be unable to utilize motion sensors, but with the advancement of smarter technologies, some motion sensors may now be used in houses with multiple active dogs.

“Security cameras are also a popular choice. Interior and exterior cameras can be used to monitor your area, record and save footage, and provide you with a view into your house via mobile apps. Doorbell cameras are high-tech peepholes that can be controlled via apps or the control panel of your system. System-linked smoke alarms, keychain control devices, and wireless hubs that keep systems connected and operating are some of the other hardware components that may be available.”

Adam Fard, Founder & Head Of Design Adam Fard’ UX Agency

4. Professional Installation or DIY

“First and foremost, while picking a security system, you should consider if you want it professionally installed or if you want to do it yourself. Some security systems may require professional installation, while others will be simple to put up in a matter of minutes. The cost of a professional installation will also be higher. However, if you’re not properly equipped to do the job on your own, a DIY installation can be less expensive but more challenging. Obtain many pricing quotations so that you are aware of the various installation alternatives and costs.” 

Daniel Foley, Founder of Daniel Foley SEO

5. Technology, Home Automation Features, and Connectivity

“You’ll need to select if you want any additional technical features for your security system. Do you want your video to be stored in the cloud automatically? Are there any home automation features that you require? Home automation capabilities will allow you to operate various components of your camera, security system, and home from a distance using your computer, phone, or tablet.

“These features can enable you to perform tasks such as turning lights on and off, unlocking or locking doors, and directing camera movements remotely. These extra features might offer a lot of functionality to your home security system, so think about if they’re necessary for you.”

Adam Harris, Co-Founder Best Tool

6. Evaluate Camera Types and Features

“There are various types of cameras available for home alarm systems, so consider which one you want for your property. First and foremost, consider how many cameras you’ll require. Do you require one for each room? Is it enough to just cover one or two key parts of your home?

“Also, consider all of the functions that a security camera could have. Some cameras, for example, will include backup batteries to keep them running if the power goes out. Consider whether you’ll use color, black-and-white, or infrared cameras. You should also consider the image quality and make sure it meets your requirements.”

Kate Libby, Founder Best Kids

7. Live Video vs. Recorded Video

“One thing to consider is whether you want to be able to watch live streaming videos while you’re away from home. If that’s the case, you’ll be able to see it on a laptop or mobile device with ease. On the other hand, you may find that simply being able to watch the movies afterward is sufficient. 

“For live and streaming video, different cameras and security systems will have varying capabilities. Some people will have more video viewing options than others. Before deciding on a security system for your house, make sure to think about all of your alternatives and make an informed decision.”

Michelle Mayers, CEO of Best Cat

8. Wired or Wireless Security

“Consider if you want to go with a fully wired security system or a wireless security system. A wired system typically necessitates a more professional and involved setup and installation, whereas a wireless system might be simple to set up. Drill holes in your walls and run cables throughout your home are required. On the other hand, a wireless system will be easier to set up. You’ll be able to get started faster and for less money.”

Stephanie Young, CEO & Founder Best Camping

9. Customer Support and Monitoring

“You should evaluate how much customer service you require for whatever security system you purchase. Look for a provider that provides excellent customer service if something goes wrong. You should also consider whether or not you want to have your security system monitored. Monitoring is a good option that will cost you a monthly charge, but it is a fantastic choice if you are frequently away from your house for long periods of time. A security provider can report crises for you and call the fire service or police if there is a problem in your house with monitoring.”

Vanessa Dyer, CEO and Founder of The Magickal Cat

10. Consider Your Budget Carefully

“When purchasing a security system, it is equally critical to research pricing and carefully examine your budget. There are numerous possibilities available, and you will most likely be able to discover one that matches your requirements. If you’re on a tight budget, you may have to cut a few elements from your wish list and make some concessions to get a security system installed. It’s critical to consider your budget and make plans accordingly. Be aware that you will have to pay extra for top-of-the-line cameras, services, and extra features.”

Lisa Merchant, CEO and Co-Founder of Best Card

11. Think About Insurance

“Your home insurance company may grant you an insurance deduction if you install a security system. As a result of installing a security system, you might save up to 20% on your homeowner’s insurance. Increased security in your home might demonstrate that you are serious about keeping your home safe from invaders and that it will be more resistant to problems.

“Find out ahead of time what your insurance company can offer you in terms of security upgrades. You may need to adjust your strategy slightly depending on what they look for in-home security systems to ensure you obtain the greatest reduction on your homeowner’s insurance.”

Naomi Bishop, Chief Insurance Officer Surfky

12. Home Automation

“This is a fantastic feature that has recently gained a lot of traction. It will cost you at least a little, but the benefits you will receive far outweigh the cost. This feature allows you to operate your security and home appliances even when you are not at home. On your mobile device, a CCTV camera will display live videos of your home, and you may arm or disarm the alarm from anywhere via the web or application.”

Sep Niakan, Managing Broker Condoblackbook

13. Fall Protection

“The ability of the home security system to monitor faces and detect when you have gone past a specific angle; in other words, when you have fallen over, is an extension of the system. The system can then notify the authorities or your neighbors, who can help you. Some devices can even monitor your heart rate to check if you’re having any problems.”

Benjamin Aronson, Founder at FinancePond

Michael Long
Co-Founder & Senior Writer Michael worked with Leona for years and was inspired by our Founder's passion towards bringing more security to other people. Supervises the production of contents from the team.