If you’re a renter, you should probably choose a wireless system that you can install yourself so you own the equipment and can easily move it from one location to the next. LifeShield, for example, has a package specifically tailored to renters. List of Companies that offer DIY wireless systems are FrontPoint, SimpliSafe, LifeShield, Protect America.
If you’re a homeowner, you can install pretty much any security system you want, depending on your needs and budget. However, because you own your home, you might want to look into a landline system with a cell uplink backup, covering all eventualities and delivering total protection. To name a few, Companies that offer a landline + cell-backup option are Guardian and LifeShield.
If you move often, then you will want to pay closer attention to the alarm company’s contract and whether you’ll own the equipment or not. Companies that require a long-term contract, for example, may not work for your lifestyle. However, many companies offer moving programs that will allow you to transfer your service and equipment for free. Moving programs often require that you have been a customer for a certain amount of time, and sometimes they do not guarantee that all of your equipment will be moved.
These following companies offer moving programs: Guardian, Pinnacle, Vivint.
On the other hand, if you plan on moving within the next few years, you may want to get a system that lets you own your security system equipment, so you can take it with you when you move. Although some companies will help relocate their equipment if you move, you’ll be sure to keep your system if you own it outright.
These following companies let you own your own equipment: Frontpoint, SimpliSafe, LifeShield, Protect America.
Here is a list of actions that are generally included in most home automation systems:
- Arm and disarm your system
- Lock and unlock doors
- Monitor water and flood sensors
- Receive security alerts
- See which windows and doors are open
- Access a complete history of your system’s events
- Get real-time notifications
- View live video via security cameras
- Adjust lights and thermostat
Most importantly, one can also set custom notifications (Get notified via text, email, and video alerts when your children come home from school or when the housekeeper arrives and leaves. Get notified if select locations like your medicine cabinet, liquor cabinet, or garage door have been opened)