With the help of wireless connectivity, the rise of smartphone usage, and growing interest in all things DIY, home improvements are easier than ever to complete all by yourself. In recent years, a surprising new type of DIY home update project has risen in popularity: home security.
Long gone are the days of unsightly bunches of cords and instruction manuals the size of college textbooks. With the help of progressive technology, homeowners are now able to tailor modern security solutions perfectly to their personal needs.
One of the most attractive features of a DIY security system is its accessibility. Before simple technologically advanced systems came into play, homeowners were crowded with scare tactics used by security companies to convince people to buy an overhauled system—and the lengthy contract that came with it. Those contracts included expensive installation fees, labor fees, monthly charges and other hidden payments.
Today, you can buy everything you need at your local home improvement store or online, hook it up using Wi-Fi, adhesive pads and wall plugs, and completely monitor the whole thing yourself from your smartphone! While every system is different, nearly all of the installations and operations are the same: easy, inexpensive and totally worth it.
Identify Your Needs
Are you looking to safeguard your side yards? Would you sleep better at night with a visible security sign? Consider the size of the space you’re working with and the type of security you’re looking for before shopping for a solution. Many people have an “it couldn’t happen to me” mentality when it comes to installing a home security system—which is precisely why a simplified DIY system could be the perfect safeguard for your home.
While your chief concern might not be break-ins or burglaries, alarm systems have many other uses. For instance, some systems can alert you when you’ve left the water running or the stove on. Other solutions send you a text message if carbon monoxide or smoke has been detected. These types of security systems are important, especially if you are frequently away from home, have pets that are left unattended or travel often.
So Many Options, So Little Time
From remote controls to smartphone apps, the plethora of technological advances available allows you the unique opportunity to choose a solution that works best for your needs and your lifestyle.
Do you carry your phone with you everywhere? Consider installing a wireless security system that runs through an app to control settings. When the alarm system is tripped, a call is sent to your phone. You then have the option to call the authorities or switch off the alarm. In this case, if the system is accidentally triggered by your cat running across the counter or a breeze blowing through an opened window, you will be notified first and won’t have to worry about the alarm calling the police over a false emergency.
Do you prefer combinations and passcodes? Try a solution that offers multi-step security for added safety. These systems allow you to activate and control the alarms through many portals, including sensors, mobile phones, pin pads and wireless beepers. Diversifying your devices means you are able to use whichever you are most comfortable with and place them in secure locations throughout your home for added support. There are also systems that specialize in certain aspects of safety like video surveillance, audio feeds and memorizing your entry and exit patterns for ultra-personalized security.
Tips and Tricks
Now that you’ve identified your security needs, taken a look at all of the solutions and realized how easy DIY systems are to install and use, it’s time to choose a system and navigate the rest of your security journey.
First, read up on reviews and ratings while perusing similar products. Consult with the staff at your local home improvement store for their recommendations and product offerings. By asking the right questions and exploring all that’s available to you, you will find a solution that works perfectly for your needs. You’ll be installing your DIY home security system in no time at all—and feeling safer than ever.
Kerrie Kelly of Kerrie Kelly Design Labs is an interior designer who writes about everything home for The Home Depot, including the latest in Home Security. Click here to find a large selection of DIY wireless alarm systems.