How Easy Is It To Move Your Home Security System?
Cara Giaimo is a blogger for SimpliSafe. You can find her scouring the news for the latest info about home security, technology, safety, and crime, finding new ways to use avocados, and playing word games.
Moving your home security system
You've finally done it. Everything you own is cocooned in bubble wrap and packed up in carefully labeled boxes. You've spent weeks finding creative ways to eat all your perishables (peach-avocado-scrambled eggs—delicious!). Your new house is waiting patiently for you to roll in and start turning it into a home. But you might have to leave something important behind—your home security system. Read on to find out what to look for when you choose a system so you can easily move it to your new home.
Wired or wireless? Which one is best for moving?
There are two basic types of home security systems—wireless alarms, which transfer radio or cellular signals, and traditional wired ones, which work via landline phones. If you have a traditional wired alarm, you'll probably remember the installation process; because odds are you had to take time out of your life to watch it happen. In order to put in a wired alarm, a trained technician has to drill holes in your walls, reach into your home's guts, and run wires through to attach the sensors to the system's center and your telephone line. If you want to take your system out and bring it with you when you move—which is understandable, as no one wants to leave several hundreds of dollars of electronics behind—that will require another round of intrusive home-surgery that could scar your floors and walls.
On the other hand, a wireless security system isn't woven into your home, so it's easy to take down, pack up, and bring with you. Some are even designed for simple removal, so uninstalling it doesn't leave marks. Put your system back in its original box and put it into the moving trailer along with your other appliances, and save yourself some much-needed money and time.
By the way, here are some helpful ways to determine neighborhood crime rates before you move.
Moving In and installing your system
Did you know that according to the FBI’s Property Crime Report, an estimated 9.6 million property crime offenses occurred in 2011? Moving to a new home can make you vulnerable to burglary if you don’t keep an eye on your things. Bad guys target new kids on the block because:
- The neighborhood isn't familiar with you. Your new neighbors don't yet know who belongs at your house and who doesn't.
- Your house is a warzone anyway because let’s face it, moving is messy.
- All your stuff is prepackaged! Those big labeled boxes are like goodie bags for burglars.
If you plan on installing a wired alarm in your new place, it might be days before your schedule lines up with the installer’s schedule—and those days can mean the difference between a smooth start and one marred by crime. Bringing your DIY wireless alarm with you means you get the protection you're used to right from the get-go. Some systems, such as SimpliSafe, take fewer than 15 minutes to install—a godsend when you want to feel safe and secure in your new home from day 1.
Getting settled with your home security system
Once you've jumped to your new lilypad, it's time to make it your own! All homes are different, so odds are your old alarm doesn't perfectly fit your new place. With a mix-and-match wireless alarm, this is no problem—you can order extra sensors a la cartè and integrate them into your existing system for the right amount of coverage. You can also renew or change your monitoring plan based on your current needs—for instance, if you didn't want remote monitoring when you were working from home, but you need it now that you're commuting, you can add it on right away.
If you do need to add coverage to your system, it’s a good idea to look at the fine print so you know exactly what you’re getting for your money.
No matter what type of system you choose, remember—a home is what you make of it. We want you to have a successful move and be safe and secure in your new home! Happy Moving!