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Technology is growing every day which means there are more options available for protecting your home. Some homeowners question themselves when it comes to purchasing a professionally monitored or trying a “DIY” security system. What are the pros and cons of each?

DIY: The Unmonitored System

DIY stands for “Do It Yourself”…which is exactly what it is. If you are not a tech savvy person, then this might not be for you. You will need to set everything up yourself from start to finish. On top of that, there’s usually no customer support line so let’s hope you don’t get confused in the process! In general, there’s usually no one to talk to when things go haywire.wires

One of the pros that come with the DIY system is being able to set up the equipment wherever you’d like in your home along with the location of any drill holes but remember, you’re not professionally trained. Another pro is avoiding monthly fees, although the downside to that is paying for all of the equipment upfront and not having a technician on call when things go wrong.


Professionally Monitored Smart Security

A professional system includes all the professionalism possible. Professional installation is one of the best pros because you get a certified technician that has experience and proficiency in home security system installations. This would also be a huge time saver in comparison to attempting to do a tedious installation yourself. Besides a time saver, it is a huge equipment liability relief. If anything goes wrong with your system, you’re not responsible for repairs.

smart phoneThe best part of a getting a professional system is the smart part. You will have access to smart security technology that isn’t necessarily accessible at a store front.  The technology gives you access to control your home by your phone including seeing who’s at your front door from anywhere, locking and unlocking your door, and creating keyless entry to your home.

A few cons that you may consider are the monthly fees even though they are as low as $30 per month, and finding time to schedule an appointment along with being present at the time of the installation.

Once you actually compare the two, it seems choosing a professionally monitored smart security system might be giving you more for your buck along with a peace of mind.