Most DIY home security systems will come with sensors to detect activity in your home. These are essential devices to look for when purchasing a DIY security system. Depending on the home security system you choose, motion sensors can send alerts to your phones or a monitoring center.
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DIY Home Security System FAQs
What is a DIY security system?
A DIY security system is one that you can install on your own. A professional installation technician won’t come out and install it for you. One of the perks of a DIY system is that you won’t have to pay an installation fee.
Is a DIY home security system right for me?
Would you feel comfortable with assembling, troubleshooting and possibly repairing a security system on your own? If not, then a DIY security system might not be the best solution for you. If, however, you perceive that you’ll have no problem with installation, troubleshooting and repairs, then this type of system may be suitable for you. It’s also important to consider your budget when considering a DIY system as well.
Can I take my DIY security system with me if I move?
With most DIY security systems, you can. Most providers highlight that their systems are easy to install, and usually that’s through adhesive mounting or setting on a level surface. So, in most cases, you should be able to disassemble your system and take it with you. Be sure to check the provider’s website for additional details on moving.
Do most DIY security system providers have mobile apps for control?
Yes, most DIY security system providers have mobile apps that will allow you to remotely arm and disarm your security system. In some cases, this feature is not available in the basic package or monitoring plan and may require purchasing a more expensive package or monitoring plan.
Do most DIY security system providers offer smart home devices?
Yes, most DIY security system providers offer smart home devices that either come with packages or as standalone products. You may have to pay more for packages that come with smart home devices and capabilities.