A home security system can offer valuable peace of mind to owners of single-family homes in Winthrop, WA. The best systems come loaded with features such as:
- Remote access of your home security cameras
- Notifications of intrusion alarms being tripped
- Professional monitoring services that can call emergency services in case of fire or emergency
- Smart home integration
If you’re considering purchasing a home in prime Methow Valley real estate why not install a home security system to help protect your new investment?
First, here are some things to consider
- DIY vs. professional installation
- Self-monitoring vs. a monitoring subscription service
Do you plan on saving money with a DIY home security kit, or would you rather spend a little extra for professional installation of a home security system?
Do you intend to do the monitoring yourself, or would you rather pay for a subscription service for professional 24/7 surveillance? Note that a professional monitoring service can automatically contact fire or police departments when alarms are triggered, providing you with extra protection. Some services also provide on-demand monitoring for short term periods, such as when you’re out on a business trip or on vacation.
Top 3 home security systems for homeowners to consider
- The all-in-one package: Vivint
- The smart DIY option: Simplisafe
- The frugal home security solution: Wyze Home Monitoring
Vivint is the ideal package for homeowners looking for a high quality security system without having to lift a finger. Vivint provides full-service support to buyers and subscribers, with a home security consultation, professional installation, as well as 24/7 monitoring services for your home.
Vivint’s home security system also includes broad app and device integrations for a variety of smart appliances and outdoor cameras. The “Smart Deter” lurker detection system can emit a tone or whistle to deter package thieves and other mischief makers. Unsurprisingly, the luxury service and high-quality sensors and cameras they provide come with a higher price tag. Vivint kits start at $599 and 24/7 monitoring services will cost you $49.99 per month.
If you’re willing to put in a little sweat equity into your home security system, then Simplisafe is the one for you. Simplisafe offers a variety of hardware sensors and camera options so homeowners can create their own home security setup. It’s easy to install and an upfront set-up cost that doesn’t tie you down to long contracts make Simplisafe a popular choice.
Starter kits begin at around $500, and 24/7 monitoring services start at $14.99 monthly. The $24.99/month “Interactive Plan” includes mobile app access, live and recorded video feed, and smart home integration.
If you’re not prepared to spend a chunk of cash on home security equipment, consider Wyze Home Monitoring. Wyze is the budget-friendly DIY security solution, with a $49.99 starter kit that comes with a system hub, two contact sensors, and a motion sensor. If you spring for a year-long monitoring subscription ($59.99), the starter kit comes free.
The budget-friendly aspect holds true even if you want to expand with extra Wyze devices like additional cameras and motion sensors, which come at a lower price point than other comparable services.
All of these home security devices are controlled from the same app as other Wyze smart devices, and users can configure system rules, view recorded video and notifications, and arm and disarm the system, in addition to controlling their other smart appliances and lights. Wyze also features numerous integrations with Google Assistant and Alexa, with IFTTT support incoming. (Apple Home support is a noted absence).
Are you looking for Winthrop Realtors to help you find your ideal home in the idyllic Methow Valley, WA? Coldwell Banker Winthrop Realty has an expert team of Realtors with more than 20 years of experience in Methow Valley real estate, from residential, recreational, commercial, and raw land. Call the Coldwell Banker Winthrop Realty team at 509.996.2121 or email info(at)cbwinthrop(dotted)com for all your real estate needs in Methow Valley, WA.