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Should I DIY My Home Security?

Home Security

There are many home projects you can do yourself, but should you consider a DIY home security system too? We get it. It feels that there are endless options when it comes to protecting your home. And DIY home security systems may seem like an attractive option to secure your house. Many people feel confident that they can tackle the installation without a problem. But it’s never as easy as it looks. 

What does a DIY home security system look like? 

DIY involves picking out all the devices on your own or mixing and matching devices from a big box store. While the system you’ve built is great in theory, you might not be aware of the holes in your brand-new system until it’s too late. 

Couple leaving their house and setting the alarm using a Guardian Protection home security system

Did you know that improper placement of motion detectors can lead to costly accidental alarms? That your WiFi strength affects the quality of your video surveillance? Or that even with several security devices, there can be gaps that make your home much less safe than you think it is? 

With your family’s safety on the line, it’s risky to not leave your home security to the experts. 

What professional installation brings to the table

Here’s what you can expect when you have a trained professional install your home security system:

  • A thorough consultation to determine what you really need
  • A custom system designed just for you
  • Confidence that all devices are placed correctly
  • Education and advice from someone who does this all day, every day
  • Recommendations to close any gaps in your security system
  • Personal instruction on how to set up and use your system
  • Confirmation that your system is working properly
  • Immediate answers to any questions that come up

Why choose professionally monitored home security systems

Another important piece of the home security puzzle is who responds when your system is triggered. Here, you can choose professional monitoring or no monitoring.

Smart phone showing Unexpected Activity notification from the Guardian Home Security app

Many big-box security devices you see online or in stores are not professionally monitored. Therefore, the only person looking at your alarm status is you. Sure, you can “monitor” your home using the mobile app and can receive alerts if something goes wrong, but what happens once that alert is sent? It’s on you to get help. 

Truth be told, true home security is a full-time job and a serious commitment. Picture this: you’re walking out of a meeting and see a notification saying that your window was tampered with an hour ago. In this case, those handy alerts aren’t so handy after all. While it’s certainly helpful to get an alert on your smartphone, it’s much better to get a phone call telling you that a trained team has already notified the authorities. 

Let’s face it. Many home security companies entered the industry as an afterthought or to bring in more revenue by entering a new market. They don’t live and breathe home security. They don’t have a team monitoring your home 24/7/365 to help keep you safe. 

As we mentioned earlier, there are many home security services to choose from. We want you to have all the necessary resources when it comes to choosing a home security provider, so do yourself a favor by checking out the guide below to help you make this decision. 

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Every home and every life is different, but they do share one thing in common – both are better when they’re safe. 

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