Purchasing a new home is one of the largest investments many people will make in a lifetime. This investment can be even more meaningful to an owner who participates in the designing of a home and commissions its building from the ground up. Home security should be a top priority as it not only serves to protect these major investments, but also helps guard items of value inside of the home as well as the individuals who live there. While home security can be costly, this does not have to be the case as affordable do-it-yourself options allow homeowners to comfortably afford devices like alarms, surveillance systems and motion detectors without compromising quality in any of these technologies. DIY installations are usually the best options for new homeowners on a budget, but savings do not end there. Other money-saving options include direct monitoring, as well as building a home with long term security in mind.
DIY Home Security Options
Pretty much, any home security device can be purchased and installed by an adult with even the slightest manual skillset. Included among some of the most popular DIY home security options currently on the market are:
- Hardwired and wireless alarm systems
- Security lighting
- Multi-channel video surveillance systems
- Video intercom systems
- Keyless entry systems
All of these can be purchased by companies specializing in DIY home security products and are offered with full installation instructions. A number of retailers also offer lifetime technical support, which is useful for installations as well as troubleshooting issues that may arise in the future. For those who do not possess particular skills or who need additional installation assistance, hiring a handyman or even a freelance installer can often costs less than if a homeowner were to purchase equipment and installation from a brand name security provider.
New homeowners can also save money on home security by opting to purchase monitoring services directly from a monitoring company while bypassing the lengthy and expensive contracts typically offered by retail home security providers. This is because some vendors do not provide their own monitoring and markup these costs in order to pocket the difference between what is billed to the customer and the actual cost of service provided by a monitoring company. Whereas a homeowner may find equipment charges to be less than some DIY offerings, many do not realize the deliberately inflated costs of monitoring.
A wireless security system is not only the easiest to install, but also allows owners to avoid making structural or cosmetic changes in a home since no drilling is required. When building a large home, however, most people opt for hardwired systems since the distance between sensors and the systems main base may be too broad and present the risk of an alarm failure.
Having builders pre-wire homes for security systems and other electronic devices during the construction process may also help curb security costs even when opting for a hardwired system. By planning for security during this early phase, homeowners can avoid having to drill through completed structures later in order to add devices.
Low-Cost Security Deterrents
As any security expert will confirm, deterrent devices play a major role in protecting a new home. From the moment construction begins through the lifetime of the home’s occupancy, low-cost deterrents should be used. A few of these include items such as:
- Yard and window signs indicating the presence of a security system
- Motion-detected security lighting
- Surveillance cameras (very realistic looking, but low-cost fake cameras can even be used)
After residents move into a new home, the following low-cost security deterrents are also useful:
- Devices which make the sound of a barking dog when someone approaches a home
- Programmable lighting (which can also be activated remotely)
A home’s physical construction should also be planned with security in mind. For example, heavy doors and door frames help protect against doors being forcibly kicked or pushed in by an intruder. Double-paned windows reduce the likelihood of windows being broken in order to allow a burglar’s entry. Also, because landscaping can play a major role in home security, placing trees and shrubs away from doors and windows is a low-cost way of reducing the number of hiding places that an intruder may rely upon.
Purchasing security equipment online can sometimes reduce costs. Spending considerable time researching a number of options and comparing prices is also advisable. Finally, low-cost security efforts can all be implemented at once or can be individually added over time as a way to further reduce the impact on a new homeowner’s budget.