A Security System That Moves With YouBy - 06/15/2015
“Not all those who wander are lost” J. R. R. Tolkien
It happens. You have an itch to move, you get a new job, you don’t want to be tied down, your family needs help. There are hundreds of reasons why people move and yet security systems don’t always seem conducive to providing protection to those that prefer a more nomadic lifestyle. The good news is that even if you have a case of wanderlust or just like to move a lot, you can still have home security that allows you to come and go as you please. Your options are to purchase a professionally monitored security system that will move with you, purchase a system without a contract, or to purchase a system that puts the monitoring responsibility back on you. There are pros and cons to each choice and that is exactly what we are about to explore.
How to Move with a Professionally Monitored System
Of the three options listed, the most difficult to pull off is finding a professionally monitored system that will allow you to move without charging outrageous fees. However, there are security companies that have made this process easy. Frontpoint Security is a well-respected nationwide home security company that makes moving easy.
They provide all of their customers with a free Mover’s Kit upon request. As the system is wireless, it’s easy to move the system from one location to another. The Mover’s Kit comes with everything you need to make that happen.
- Tested and Approved
- A+ BBB Rating
- 100% Wireless and Cellular
- Crash and Smash Protection
- Remote Arm / Disarm and Video via Frontpoint App
- Available Nationwide
- 30-Day Risk-Free Trial
or Call: 855-951-7980
It includes a box to keep your system safe, a new set of adhesives to install the system at your new home, a new yard sign, and new window decals. They also provide individual boxes for each of the sensors that you own which is completely customized to you.
Of course, this option will only work if you plan to move somewhere in the US. Also, Frontpoint requires an initial 3 year or 1 year contract term but you are NOT required to extend this if you move. Just another way to make the whole process easy and provide professional protection to those that might not otherwise have the ability to access professional monitoring.
PROS & CONS
- 24/7 Protection
- Fire and Burglary Monitoring
- Connected Home Automation
- Must Stay in the U.S.
- Must Sign a Contract
How to Move with a Contract Free Security System
If you are willing to pay a little more upfront for equipment, a contract free security system may be for you. Options like Scout Alarms and SimpliSafe allow you to add service and remove it at will. When it’s time to move, simply give the company call, pull the adhesive from your wall, pack up the system, and move. Like Frontpoint, these options are wireless and do not require professional installation.
A month-to-month contract option is pretty cool. How does it work? Let’s say you will be in home #1 for the month of May, in a hotel for the month of June, and in home #2 during July. You could pay for monitoring in May, ignore June, and pay again in July. The system is completely month-to-month. In fact, if the hotel has Wi-Fi, you could even monitor your hotel room.
PROS & CONS
- 24/7 Protection no Contract
- Month-to-Month Monitoring
- More Expensive Upfront Equipment
- Limited Expandability
How to Move with a Self Monitored System
This is the easiest option to figure out. When you choose a self-monitored system like Piper, you are in complete control. These systems do not offer professional monitoring but do offer the ability to access free mobile apps where you can set up alerts. Alerts will be sent based upon different events like if motion is detected or if your front door opens. This puts you in control and you have to decide how to respond or not respond. Systems like Piper make the decision process easier by incorporating video surveillance as a primary feature. If you receive an alert, just use your app to literally take a look at things which makes it easier to make a more informed security decision. Should you ignore the alert? Call the police? Call the neighbor? It’s up to you. For the person on the go, the lack of professional monitoring may not be as secure but there is an associated cost savings by eliminating monthly fees.
PROS & CONS
- No Professional Monitoring
- No Monitoring Fees
- Easiest to Pack up and Go
- May Work Internationally