Upgrading your home security

Perhaps it was the additional time that so many Victorians spent at home in the past year or so, but it seems that home security has become a popular topic for many homeowners in 2021.

So, if you are one of the many Victorians who are looking at updating your home security measures, here’s some tips on many of the most commonly asked questions.

What’s the simplest home security I can get?

Keep in mind that a home security system can be tailored to suit your needs, your budget and the floorplan of your home. Your solution could range from a simple alarm system to a single camera that you can view via wi-fi on your smart phone, do a professionally monitored system with multiple detectors and a variety of high-tech additions.

How many cameras do I need?

Depending on your budget, the key areas you will want to consider covering include the entry points to your property and the assets you most want to protect. This is where talking to a licensed advisor can be valuable.

Should I make my system remotely operated?

Most of today’s alarm and CCTV systems can be operated remotely via a smartphone app, and if you’ve ever got halfway to your destination and wondered if you turned your alarm on, you’ll know why this is important.

Does the size of my home matter?

Your home security needs in a free-standing double-storey home are entirely different to those living in an apartment.

Who should I get to install the system?

Whilst some home security systems are designed to be a DIY installation, you’ll find having it installed by a licensed and qualified security installer will provide peace of mind. In our State, a Private Security Registration as a Security Installer can only be issued by Victoria Police.

How long will installation take?

Depending on the system you choose, most residential security systems can be installed within in half to one day.

Will I need to upgrade the system?

Modern day home security systems are designed to give you many years of hassle-free operation, however it is recommended that you get them serviced every 12 to 24 months to maintain ongoing reliability.

Of course, home security can involve a lot more than just cameras and alarms. If you’re looking for real peace of mind to protect your best interests when selling or buying real estate, you’ll find the best protection of all can come from having Ian Reid Buyer and Vendor Advocates by your side.

You can call us for experienced and objective advice on 9430 0000, and you’ll also find lots of helpful tips on selling your property in our free booklet, “Fatal Real Estate Traps Exposed”, so feel free to download a copy while you’re here.