By Jacqueline Graham
After a year of lockdown orders and stay-at-home restrictions, many homeowners across the country are itching for a much-needed vacation.
Before booking your next beach getaway or mountain retreat, it’s important to ensure your property and valuables are well-protected from burglars by adding a top-of-the-line security system.
Basic security setups normally include a single camera on your front porch which can be monitored from your smartphone and installed without professional help, however, professional installed, tested, and monitored systems are always safest — especially if you want to enjoy your vacation without constantly monitoring your home security.
While there are plenty of great systems to choose from, keep reading for some trusted security systems that’ll give you peace of mind as a frequent traveler!
Vivint Smart Home
While Vivint Smart Home may have expensive equipment and aggressive sales tactics, there’s no denying its quality, and, when it comes to the safety of your home and your valuables, you don’t want to cut corners.
The system boasts top-of-the-line equipment, 4k cameras, easy mobile control, and a wide selection of smart devices. Best of all, the system will be installed by a professional, so there’s no need to dig through equipment manuals or play with wires yourself.
Vivint Smart Home costs anywhere between $29.99 to $44.99 a month. While this is one of the more expensive options, it’s a great system for people who travel a lot and need top-notch security in order to fend off those pesky burglars.
If you’re a sucker for fantastic customer service, Frontpoint may be the best home security system for you. With easy DIY installation, there’s no need to have strangers coming to your home for the setup procedures.
In addition, Frontpoint offers frequent equipment discounts to please savvy spenders. So long as you’re willing to wait for the next sale, you’ll get top-notch equipment without breaking the bank.
Expect to pay around $44.99 to $49.99 a month for this trusted service. While the professional monitoring plans may be pricy, the peace of mind you’ll have with this service is well worth the expense.
Link Interactive stands out from the crowd thanks to its excellent customer service and diverse equipment selection. Not to mention, the security company offers various contracts to choose from, so it’ll be easy to find something that works best for you, your schedule, and your home.
Link Interactive also offers affordable pricing with operating costs ranging anywhere from $30.99 to $44.99 a month.
If you’re a hands-on type of person, you’ll probably love the free self-monitoring and easy DIY setup offered by Google Nest. In addition, the security system boasts innovative technology, so you can sip daiquiris on a white-sand beach, ascend mountain peaks, or slip into a steaming hot tub on your next vacation without worrying if your security equipment will be up to the challenge.
While the equipment is top-notch, it can be rather pricey. Thankfully, operating costs are rather minimal, ranging from $0 to $29 a month. After the initial equipment costs, this may actually be one of your cheapest options.
If you want a system that’s easy to control without professional help, Google Nest is a great option for you!
The great part about home security is that, so long as the system is obvious from the outside, that’ll be enough to chase the thieves away. So if you’re trying to keep expenses low, Abode may be a great option.
While the service has low-quality cameras, the operating costs range from $0 to $20 a month, so it’s perfect for those seeking home security on a budget.
Along with its low price, Abode offers free self-monitoring, flexible monitoring, and compatibility with a range of third-party devices.
Home security systems increase your home’s marketability
No matter which home security option you decide is best, there’s one positive outcome you’ll get no matter which service you choose: marketability.
While a home security system might not increase the price of your home in today’s market, they are no doubt a desirable feature that will help market your home to potential buyers.
With the housing market being as favorable for sellers as it currently is, homeowners are doing whatever it takes to make sure their property stands out from the crowd. In order to get the best possible price for your home, try adding a home security system to give your buyers peace of mind and your property a leg ahead of all the rest.
Jacqueline Graham was born and raised in Scranton, Pennsylvania, but has lived in Denver, Colorado for the last four years. Jacqueline graduated with a bachelor’s degree in writing from Denison University and is currently working on her master’s degree at Edinburgh Napier University. When she’s not writing in her free time, you can find her camping in the Rocky Mountains or exploring the local brewery scene in Denver.