In a world where you can find virtually anything on the internet, there are endless “Do It Yourself”-commonly referred to as DIY-solutions for pretty much everything. This holds true for home security systems. However, that doesn’t mean you should rush to your computer/mobile device and buy a 4 star rated surveillance camera off Amazon, and start poking holes in your walls. As with anything on the internet, you end up wading through a sea of options, resources, and opinions; you might start to feel like you’re drowning in information. Don’t worry you’re not alone. You’ll likely have a ton of questions like how do you know if you’re making the right choice? Are the reviews accurate, or paid for by a company? Am I getting the best deal? How do I know one product will be compatible with another? Is this an honest company? The list goes on and on.
At Perfect Connections, Inc. we’d like to help you avoid the drowning in information effect. Our team has been providing residential security systems solutions to Northern and Central New Jersey since 1992. While we believe our customers are capable individuals, we also believe in providing a customized, comprehensive, and clear cut solution to your home security needs that you can’t get through purchasing products piecemeal on the internet. You know that old adage, “you get what you pay for”? It’s true, and in some cases you end up getting less. You can’t expect a few $50 cameras you bought online, and a monitoring app on your phone, to fully safeguard your home and family. Surveillance cameras and mobile monitoring are only a couple components in an effective home security system. Think about the other issues you need to be cognizant of like access control, fire and carbon monoxide detection, burglar alarms, and alarm monitoring. What good is an alarm if the local authorities aren’t contacted when it goes off? Our team of professionals are informed and informative on the products we install, and they understand the importance of a solution tailored specifically to your home.
Hiring A Professional
If you’ve never had experience installing or operating security systems equipment, doesn’t it make sense that you’d want an industry expert to do it? Hiring a professional alleviates the pressure on you, wasting less of your precious time and money. An expert will be able to assess potential weak spots in and around your home that you might not pick up on. The sophistication of your home security system is dependent on professional products and how they are installed.
There are so many pros of having a security company customize and install an alarm system for your home. For one, they know how and which products will work together, everything from the cameras to the central control panel. They can hook you up with an alarm monitoring service. Having a 24/7 monitoring service as part of your system automatically contacts the authorities in case of emergency. According to Erin Raub for SafeSoundFamily, “This does not happen with a DIY system, which notifies you (and others you put on the notification list), making it your responsibility to decide on the next course of action.” It’s chaotic enough in the event of an emergency, you don’t want to have to figure out who to contact, or struggle to find your phone. The convenience of having a fire, burglar, and carbon monoxide alarm/detector that communicates directly with a monitoring service is priceless; it provides a quicker response time which could ultimately save lives and property.
Home automation is a security feature that connects various aspects of your home to the central control panel in your home. Lighting, temperature control, locks, garage doors, and sometimes appliances can all be controlled either from your control panel or even a mobile device through and app provided by Alarm.com. You can’t get this type of connection to your home through a DIY system. Even if you could, you shouldn’t be installing it yourself. According to Anne Reagan for Advice Porch “To ensure that all sequences are correct, a professional should always complete home automation.”
Think about the future of your home when it comes to security systems. If you plan on ever putting your house back on the market, having a customized professionally installed security system can actually increase the value of your home. Like Anne Reagan points out, “…every prospective homeowner wants to live in a safe and secure home.” That being said, potential buyers aren’t going to want a house with system they have to remove or update themselves, especially if it’s installed improperly or in adequately.
People might think a DIY security system is cheaper because you’re not paying for labor, but in reality you could end up paying more. If your system fails or becomes completely defunct, it is up to you to replace it out of pocket. With a professional service you would likely be covered for certain damages and/or malfunctioning equipment under your service contract. Adding parts or features to your DIY system after the fact will add up, whereas an initial assessment from a professional will provide a more complete result from the get-go. Any required maintenance, repairs, and updates are your responsibility which will further drain your wallet.
Before jumping online and buying a bunch of equipment, or punching holes in your walls, check out a professional service for your home security needs. They can guide you through the process from initial assessment to final installation. If you reside in Northern or Central New Jersey find out what Perfect Connections, Inc. can do for you. Our team understands the value in a comprehensive home security system catered to your specific needs.
If you live in Central or Northern New Jersey and would like information on any of the topics discussed above, please call 800-369-3962 or simply CLICK HERE.
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