With outlets such as Pinterest and HGTV growing in popularity, there has been an uptick in do-it-yourself (DIY) ventures. Home security is no exception.
However, when it comes to home monitoring, taking the DIY route can put you and your family at risk when it isn’t done properly. Finding the right equipment and services is a vital piece to the DIY home security equation.
Educate Yourself on Equipment Capabilities and Setup Needs
More and more security companies are offering a DIY approach to home security. Bundled DIY packages (comprised of sensors, cameras, keypads and environmental detectors) cut costs for homeowners, as installation and maintenance are left to the consumer.
Home security installation, however, involves more than simply hooking up the technology. This is why education is key to properly selecting and installing equipment. Take the time to understand how equipment works, what is needed to properly set it up and maintenance requirements. Read up on the following in depth:
- Proper placement throughout your home.
- Compatibility with other security equipment.
- Connectivity to networks.
- Network security.
- How often systems need to be updated or upgraded.
The best vendors will include detailed setup instructions and support contact information alongside equipment to simplify the installation process.
Ensure Equipment Connects to True Professional Monitoring
Professional home monitoring is a keynote element of full-service security companies that is not always offered for DIY options. Without professional monitoring, you’re left to notify emergency personnel yourself if a problem arises. This can be high-risk in those situations where every second counts or when you are unable to personally respond.
The good news is that some DIY packages now integrate on-demand professional monitoring within them. When researching DIY home security vendors, make this a top priority to ensure your loved ones and property are protected.
Work with a Trusted Vendor
Work with a security vendor that has the experience and the expertise needed to provide you and your loved ones with quality DIY services and products.
Effective vendors will use their extensive security expertise and experience to pre-vet security and automation technologies for you—ensuring they support homeowners’ needs in a safe manner. As a result, recommended products are best of breed, built for security and performance, and adhere to industry quality standards.
What qualities do you look for in a DIY home security vendor? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
Looking for a DIY security product, contact Vector Security to see if our solution is available in your area.