DIY home security systems for maximum safety at home

DIY home security systems for maximum safety at home

Time to beef up the home security!

What if you could have fancy DIY home security systems installed without being a mafia kingpin? You don’t need large security details and splurge out on getting all your walls hardwired to accommodate a home security system. Technology is so advanced that with the right gadgets, you can control the entire system through your phone. Peace of mind at the push of a button.

The 7 best DIY home security systems
DIY home security systems

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Upfront cost: $299

Maintenance fees: Free (basic)

One of the most popular DIY home security systems is Abode’s starter kit. The automation gateway, iota, lets you control other devices using Alexa and Google Assistant thanks to Z-Wave and ZigBee technology. You can also remotely check on your home using the secure app.

When you buy the starter kit, you receive:

  • A unit of iota (automation gateway)
  • A door/window sensor
  • A general motion sensor
  • A key fob.
DIY home security systems

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Upfront cost: $199.99

Maintenance fees: $0 per month

As far as DIY home security systems go, you could do much worse. Samsung partnered with home security industry giants ADT.

While you can opt for a zero maintenance package, having the support means you can carbon monoxide levels, detect water leakage and many other tools. The aim is to have the system be compatble with Samsung SmartTthings to turn your home into a SmartHome. And in the long run, easier methods to keep your home secure.

The following items are included in the Home Security Starter Kit:

  • A large touchscreen hub
  • A motion detector
  • Two sensors for windows/doors
DIY home security systems

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Upfront cost: $499

Maintenance fees: $0 per month

Nest Secure’s comprehensive package makes it one of the most user-friendly DIY home security systems in the market. Their alarm system package includes:

  • A guard hub
  • A keypad
  • Two key fobs
  • Two window/door sensors

You can set different timers for different doors, so in the case of a break-in, an alarm is immediately triggered when doors that lead rooms with valuables are opened. There are also plenty of options to upgrade and add further features like video doorbells.

Google Assistant works as its primary voice recognition service. The only downside to this is there isn’t a camera that’s provided by default. But the motion sensor technology is state-of-the-art.

DIY home security systems

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Upfront cost: $299

Maintenance fees: $10 per month

Scout provides one of the easy-to-use DIY home security systems that’s gained popularity recently. In the Small Pack, customers receive:

  • A Hub
  • A Door Panel
  • A Motion sensor
  • Two Access
  • Two Key Fobs
  • A Yard Sign

Add a further $10 for professional monitoring service for more streamlined monitoring.

DIY home security systems

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Upfront cost: $449

Maintenance fees: $0 per month

What stands out most about Simplisafe’s The Knox Home Security System is how easy it is to install and the range of coverage the sensors have.

You receive the following items when you get The Knox:

  • A base station
  • Separate keypad
  • A key fob
  • Six door sensors
  • Two motion sensors
  • A siren
  • A smoke detector
DIY home security systems

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Upfront cost: $399

Maintenance fees: $0 per month

Perhaps the most unique aspect is the facial recognition feature that allows access in and out of the home.

However, take note there isn’t professional monitoring available yet. If you need additional remote support, you might want to consider a different option out of DIY home security systems in the market.

The Starter Kit includes:

  • A camera base station
  • 2 Access Sensors
  • A key fob
DIY home security systems

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Upfront cost: $129

Maintenance fees: $10 per month

The most affordable package of the DIY home security systems also comes with a wide variety of detection tools that really give you bang for your buck.

  • A base station
  • A separate keypad (to install on a wall)
  • A contact sensor
  • A motion detector
  • A range extender

Written by

Vinnie Wong