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DIY Home Security Systems: 7 Key Benefits for Homeowners

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Published: November 17, 2021

Thinking about installing a home security system? One of the first decisions you'll need to make is choosing a traditional wired system or opting for a DIY alternative. While traditional systems have their advantages, DIY systems have evolved to be extremely effective at home protection. Affordable, customizable, and accessible on the go, DIY options put you in control, and help you avoid the cost and hassle of their traditional counterparts. Read on for more benefits of a DIY home security system.

#1: Fast, easy, no-cost installation

Do you find the prospect of installing a home security system intimidating? Is it something you know you should do, but find yourself putting off? When it comes to traditional hard-wired systems, these concerns are valid: the installation process can be expensive and disruptive, involving technicians drilling into your home's walls to connect the security sensors. Additionally, the installation process inevitably includes a waiting period, as you need to schedule an installation appointment that works for you and the technician. The longer you wait, the longer your home remains unprotected.

With a DIY system, however, installation is in your hands . . . and you don't need to be a trained technician or engineer to get the job done (far from it!). These wireless systems are delivered in the mail, ready to go — no drilling or wiring required. Just place the devices around your home and connect them via the accompanying app. (Curious what else installation might entail? Take a sneak peek at Hedge's simple setup guide.)

#2: Affordability

It's not only installation costs that make traditional security systems more expensive. These systems typically involve professional monitoring, which means monthly payments and sometimes long-term contracts or cancelation fees.

DIY systems are affordable from the get-go. In fact, the cost of the package or kit will be your first and only investment in the system (unless, of course, you decide to add on devices . . . but we'll get to that later).

#3: No long-term contracts

Traditional security systems often come with long-term contracts, which make the intensive installation process worth the service provider's time. But while long-term contracts are good for the provider, they only restrict the homeowner. For whatever reason you may no longer want or need your system, you'll need to ride out the contract anyway or face cancelation fees.

The one-time cost of a DIY system equates to no long-term contracts. You'll have no obligation to the service provider, and with providers like Hedge, you'll continue to receive support as needed throughout your time using the security devices.

#4: Customization capabilities

No home or lifestyle is exactly the same, and it's important to consider a number of factors when selecting a security system, including:

  • The size of your home: the bigger it is, the more ground your system will have to cover
  • The number of specific areas you want to keep an eye on, for example entryways and bathrooms at risk of water damage
  • What you're most concerned about, for example preventing damage or keeping your home comfortable with temperature and humidity monitoring

Given these considerations, system customization is key. Your system should reflect your unique needs; otherwise, it won't be as effective as possible. While traditional hard-wired systems are more rigid when it comes to device packages, their DIY counterparts offer more control over system components.

With Hedge, once you add a "foundation" package to your cart, you can select "add-on" devices to customize your system. (Not ready for add-on devices immediately? No problem! As an existing Hedge customer, you can customize at your own pace and as your needs evolve by purchasing add-on devices through the Hedge App.)

#5: Flexible and portable

Is a move in the cards for you and your family? If you've invested in a traditional security system, you'll likely need to leave it behind (it is wired into your walls, after all) and set up a new system in your new home. With a DIY security system, however, you're in luck: the system moves with you. All you need to do is turn off your devices, pack them up, and reinstall them in your new home. How's that for convenient?

This portability comes in handy even if you're not moving. As your needs change, you can easily reposition wireless devices within your home. Let's say you've been using a security camera like the SmartCam from Hedge to keep an eye on your baby's room. As they get older and no longer need such attentive monitoring, you can easily move the camera to a different part of the home.

#6: Share the responsibility of home monitoring

Although DIY systems don't include professional monitoring, that doesn't mean responsibility for the home's safety and security lies solely with you. The best systems make self-monitoring simple and effective. Hedge, for example, makes it easy to add more users and emergency contacts to the account to share responsibility.

But that's not all when it comes to peace of mind . . . Hedge also includes a 24/7 issue escalation process that acts as a safeguard in the event that you're unable to receive an alert notification (for example, if you've turned your phone off or don't have service). The 24/7 issue escalation process involves a series of notifications, texts, and calls to you and other users on your account followed by your emergency contact. The best part? This service is included with Hedge (in other words — no additional fees!).

#7: Lower stakes for false alarms

False alarms happen. Maybe it's the neighbor you've asked to water your plants while you're away. Or maybe it's an extra-sensitive smoke alarm that disagrees with your nightly popcorn-making. But under a professionally monitored system, these harmless events might result in a visit from emergency services.

A false alarm under a DIY system is lower stakes, because you're the one deciding what action is necessary. Let's say you get Hedge. If someone or something triggers a Motion Detector when your home is "armed," you'll receive a Hedge App notification and can decide what to do from there. If you expected movement within the house, you can ignore the alert, or use the Hedge App to access your SmartCam's live stream and check it out. If you're truly concerned, you can take more drastic action and call in reinforcement.

If you decide to go with a DIY system, the next step is selecting which one is right for you. Start by checking out the options at Hedge. Our Prevent Package, or starter package, is a great entry into home monitoring, while our Protect Package (and most popular system!) takes home security up a notch. Don't hesitate to reach out with any questions regarding Hedge or DIY systems in general. Our team is happy to help!

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