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Home Security Review, What To Consider Before Getting A DIY Alarm System

The Home Security Review And Your DIY Alarm System Choices

This home security review guides you in choosing the right type of do-it-yourself home alarm system depending on your personal needs.


As you read, keep in mind that there are no perfect answers. It’s what works best in a given situation.

There are a few things you need to consider before deciding on one particular home security alarm system. The home security review addresses these important factors. It helps you make the right decision. Step by step.

Ok, lets get started…

1. The first thing is to ask yourself is if you really need an alarm system.

If there have been recent break-ins in your neighborhood, or you live in an area with a high crime rate, then an alarm system for your home is something you should seriously consider.

My advice to you is to get an alarm system regardless of where you live, and what neighborhood programs are in place. Getting an alarm system for your home is an absolute must. Every home, apartment, residence, and dwelling should have one.

A do-it-yourself home security alarm system goes a long way towards protecting your family from criminals and unwanted intruders.   Your family’s safety and security should be your top priority.

2. The second thing is to determine a budget for an alarm system.

Do-it-yourself alarm systems can range anywhere from $50 – $75 up to hundreds of dollars. It depends on what you can afford, and how much you’re able to invest in your alarm system. Start with an amount that’s do-able for you.


Look at alarm system do-it-yourself packages in that price range. It’s better to start small and build your system over time. Start with a standard diy home security system package. No frills necessary. Later on, as you learn more about alarm systems, you’ll be able to add more home security devices, and home security products.

Watch out for the home security companies that offer you a FREE home security system if you sign up with them or advertise their sign on your lawn. Most of these offers are scams.

Visit the Free Home Security System page to see how they try to take advantage of you, the useless alarm systems they try to give you and what you can do to spot the scam.

This home security review suggests that you start with the bare-basics. Build your home security system slowly, until you attain a level of security that makes you feel safe and comfortable. Just make sure that the do-it-yourself home alarm system you choose allows for future upgrades.

3. Now decide on a Hardwired, Wireless or Hybrid home alarm system.

The key factors to consider are system reliability, skill level and cost. Be concerned with what solution works best for you.


Hardwired diy home security systems are very reliable and secure. They require a greater skill level to install (because of the wires and physical connection), and they tend to cost a little more.

Wireless diy home security systems are reliable and  offer solid home security as well. Because of the wireless connection, they are easy to install and tend to cost less.

Hybrid diy home security systems offer reliability and security because they are both hardwired and wireless. They are ideal for homes that have more than one floor. They require some skill to install and costs vary with each system.

It will show you how to select the connection (be it wired, wireless, or hybrid) that’s best for you.

4. Decide how many home security devices you need.

This home security review lists the four basic home security devices that you should begin with. Later on you can add as many different devices as you require.


Door and Window Contacts – 1 set for each exterior door and window pane.

Motion Detectors – Usually 1 to 2 per home. Installed in an area (like hallway and staircase) where a burglar would have to walk across.

Smoke Detectors – Typically 1 per every floor of the home. Usually installed in the hallway close to the bedrooms.

Carbon Monoxide Detectors –  1 per every floor of the home (including the basement) . Installed in the hallway 10ft from the bedrooms. They can also be installed close to any fuel burning devices.

Before installing  your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, contact your local municipality. Find out what the local by-laws are about these detectors in your area.

For a complete list, and to learn how to choose the right home security devices, visit the Home Security Hardware page.

5. Now decide how you will monitor your alarm system.

The home security review outlines the three monitoring options available to you. They are as follows…


Central Station Monitoring – An alarm company monitors your security system 24/7. You are usually locked in to a contract and pay monthly fees for this service.

Stand-Alone Monitoring – The system is not monitored by a central station. If the alarm is tripped, an automatic dialer calls pre-programmed numbers. No contracts or monthly fees.

Technology Based Monitoring – The security system can be configured to send SMS text messages to your cell phone or emails to your laptop. Uses technology to setup remote monitoring, internet surveillance, etc. No contracts or monthly fees.

Depending on your particular situation, select the monitoring method that works best for you.

Use this home security review as your guide to choosing the right type of do-it-yourself home alarm system.

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