There are dozens of do-it-yourself home alarm systems out there on the market. Every home improvement store you walk into sells them. You can even find them at big-box retailers like Wal-Mart. How do you know which do-it-yourself home alarm systems are right for you, and which are going to give you and your family the kind of protection you need?
You need to start with a few simple steps:
- Figure out where your home is vulnerable. Standardized home alarm systems aren’t right for every home. You need to be able to identify where exactly it is that a home invader is likely to gain access to your home. Hint: it’s probably not your front door with that deadbolt lock. Identify every possible entry point, so you know where you’re going to need to place alarms.
- Take some measurements. Most do-it-yourself home alarm systems have a limited range. If you have a sprawling ranch home, chances are you’re going to need to carefully consider where to place your control panel. Take measurements of your home, especially noting the location of entry points. When it comes time to buy the system, you need to verify communication ranges for each of the devices.
- Decide on a budget. There are reasons you’re not hiring a security company, and some of that may have to do with cost. Figure out how much you can spend before you start looking at systems. You can install a basic system for less than $200.
- Do some brand research. There are a number of manufacturers out there, and quality can vary greatly. GE do-it-yourself home alarm systems have a good reputation, as do those from ADT. Some off brands may save you some money, but check reviews to see how satisfied customers are with theirs.
- Learn all of your options. There are plenty of add-ons for your alarm system, such as motion detectors, IP-based video cameras, and more. Figure out which options you can afford, and which will give your home the best protection.
Building a do-it-yourself home alarm system requires some careful planning. Take the time to do it right.