When it comes to home protection, you can neither be too complacent nor paranoid. Every home for sale in La Quinta, CA is made differently, so choosing the right system can be intimidating given the number of options available.
On the upside, this variety also means there is a system out there that perfectly suits your needs – it’s just a matter of identifying what aspects are most important to you.
Entry-level systems include smart locks, motion sensors, and surveillance cameras, but you can also opt for a more comprehensive professional system that is monitored for you 24/7. Depending on the level of coverage and customization you want and your price point, you may decide between two main options: DIY or professional home security.
Option #1: DIY Home Security
For those who want to be more economical while being able to thoroughly customize their system, pursuing the DIY route is ideal. Security kits readily available on the market can be easily installed and configured by anyone, and come in a wide range of prices.
A key step here is identifying how many sensors and/or cameras you need based on your home. A sensor on every doorway is recommended, as well as on windows that provide access to your home. For small apartments, a security camera and/or a video doorbell may suffice, but larger homes will likely require more components.
Generally, a basic system allows for only one or two wireless protocols, but more sophisticated systems – which may include glass break sensors, thermostats, sirens, and surveillance cameras – enable you to install multiple protocols and are compatible with numerous add-ons.
The upfront costs of DIY systems like SimpliSafe and Blue by ADT start at $180. You may self-monitor your home through a mobile app, but many vendors also offer additional monitoring services ranging from $5 to $50.
Option #2: Professional Home Security
For those willing to shell out a bit more money in exchange for convenience and peace of mind, seeking professional home security services is the way to go. Expert technicians ensure that every component of your package is securely installed so you don’t have to worry about the nitty-gritty. These systems, which come with 24/7 monitoring, normally use a touch-screen hub where all the system’s components can be accessed and controlled.
The main advantage of opting for professional home security is the assurance that every aspect of your system is running smoothly at all times. Any technical preparations and repairs are immediately flagged, and whenever any sensor is triggered, a dedicated agent will check in on you and contact the authorities on your behalf should you fail to respond. In other words, you never have to worry about home security again.
The average cost of full-service smart security systems like Vivint and Abode start at a little under $300 upfront, with monthly monitoring fees ranging from $30-50.
At the end of the day, the purpose of these systems is to make you and your loved ones safe, so decisions surrounding security deserve to be thoroughly considered.
Home security is just one of the many aspects that La Quinta Realtors like me, Kathleen O’ Keefe Galigher, have years of insight on. For guidance on all things real estate in La Quinta, CA, call us at 760.567.7822 or send an email to okeefe(dotted)kathleen(at)gmail(dotted)com for more information.