Smart Home Systems vs. Home Security Systems: The Better Choice?

Smart Home Security Systems vs Traditional Systems

We live in a world of advanced technology and are constantly challenged to choose between smart systems and the pre-existing traditional ones. It is the same when you have to choose between a home security system anda smart home system when you purchase a new house. Both come with their own set of benefits and depends on what you define as leisure.

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Are Wireless Home Security Cameras Any Good?

Wireless Home Securities are all the rage right now.   One of the most popular questions we get is “Are Wireless home security cameras any good?”   There are a ton of brands and their features range from a simple camera and an app to a full home security system.   We thought we’d ask our readers what they thought.

As with this process it’s a good idea to review the critieria of what you want.  As we did in our post, 3 questions to consider before for DIY security in 2018. 

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3 Questions You Must Ask Yourself For DIY Security In 2018

Even with the local government security options, many residents in Saskatoon opt for additional security systems.  Quite popular is the DIY or Do it yourself options that are very simple to install and you can buy them off of Amazon.

DIY setups are perfect for homeowners on any budget because they can save you a bundle on installation charges and subscription fees. Most DIY systems are easy to install and setup.  Not only that but they give you the flexibility to be able to expand your system and get as complex or simple as you want.  Should you need more sensors or a simple camera, these systems are perfect for you.

Do I Have A DIY Security Plan?

Either way, these DIY security systems still require some sort of plan.  The reason is that typically they can only be expanded up to a certain point to be able to work together.  So if you simply want video, you still need to decide if you want the video to relay back to you together or if you’re ok having separate feeds.

Most residents in this are will enjoy the self-monitoring options as you can rely -somewhat- on the government security. However, people in the neighboring United States might opt for packages that also include monitoring.    Whether they are in Ann Arbor, MI or the sunny beaches of Marco Island, FL   DIY security is very popular in the states.

If you happen to live in what would be called a luxury home, then you might want to know that many of these systems use wireless components with double-back tape.  These options are great for a quick install but can leave marks on the wall.  Of course the alternative it actual installation with screws and wiring.   This might be outside the scope of many DIY-ers.

Do I want Home Automation?

One option to consider when adding security to your home is also whether or not you want to add automation.  Many services now offer integrated options.  While these are more costly and could require professional installation they offer the luxury of combining automation and security.

Nearly all of the latest DIY and high-end home security systems offer support for Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, and in some cases Apple Siri, which allow you to unlock doors, change thermostat settings, open the garage, and arm or disarm your system with a spoken command to a connected device like an Amazon Echo or a Google Home speaker.

You can also “hook” into IFTTT  (If This Then That) applets, which will use triggers from IFTTT-compatible web services and devices to create an action. For example, you can create an applet that says if my garage door is opened, turn on the floodlight.

So when you start shopping for DIY security options or automation options look for compatibility with your devices.

Can’t I just buy a doorbell camera?

Nearly all standalone security cameras connect to your home’s Wi-Fi so you can see what’s going on from your phone or tablet, and most have built-in sensors that detect motion and sound and will send push and email notifications when those sensors are triggered.  Keep in mind you’ll want some storage with that camera.    Some cameras have options for built-in SD cards, while others have or will need cloud options.  The benefit being you could use your Dropbox or google drive account to record what’s going on.

The most popular is this ring-doorbell option.  It installs using the 2 low voltage wires and existing screws on your doorbell.

As with our conversation above about DIY security options.   You might want to think long term and decide if you want a device that will work with your future plans.  Many of the better video options already work with the home automation options.

Even if you live in a gated retirement community you might like to have the luxury of being able to see who is at the door and these DIY options can give you just that… convenience, not just security.


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How to Secure Your Home in 2017

First Things First…

In 2017, there are a number of different vulnerabilities your home can experience; much more so than in the 1950s. For this reason, and many others, it’s important to read our guide on how to secure your home in our modern, digital age. Below you’ll find How to Secure Your Home in 2017, a collection of tips, tricks, and techniques to prevent burglars from coming and make them fearful of entering your home. Enjoy!

Social Media & Your Home’s Safety

You always hear about homes being broken into when someone is on vacation and choosing to document their whole trip via Instagram and.or Facebook. This is one of the absolute worst ideas you can have when traveling. We all know it’s tempting to show off to your friends and family the vacation you’ve been saving up for years, but take a step back, breathe, and recognize that their #FOMO (fear of missing out) will be just as strong when you post comfortably from your living room sofa after the trip. When you choose to share all of your personal pursuits online, you’re basically a sitting duck for a network of criminals hoping to take advantage of such a situation. This vulnerability was never a problem prior to the social media age, so be smart and post after you and your family have enjoyed the vacation.

Install a Video Security System

Video security systems are so affordable nowadays, there’s no excuse NOT to have one. You can go to your local warehouse store and find some for as little as $599. That may seem to be “a lot” at the time of purchase, but it will pay for itself tenfold if you ever happened to be robbed while away on a trip, or even when you’re sound asleep in your bedroom. Having security footage will allow law enforcement to identify the robbers more easily and possibly prevent said robbers from committing future crimes. When you choose to install a security system in your household, you’re not only protecting the safety and well-being of your own family, you’re protecting the safety and well-being of other families as well.

One popular option is called Ring Doorbell.  It’s a doorbell replacement that adds a video camera!  The camera can be connected to a DVR system in the home or an app on your phone.

Purchase a Gun

No matter what your political beliefs are, it’s vital to be well-armed in case there are ever any close encounters with low-life thieves. Depending on your state or province, this may prove to be more difficult than other, more lenient states with relaxed gun policies. Regardless of that matter, it’s worth it to got through the process and paperwork to have a handgun and/or shotgun in the house. If you have a spouse and children, it’s important that they participate in a gun-safety class to ensure everyone knows the power and responsibly a weapon has. When you’re subjected to a robbery and the robber has a knife or gun, it’s you or them; always choose yourself and you’ll be just fine.

Security DogBuy a Trained Guard Dog

Having a family pet is the dream of many budding families, but you may want to consider buying a well-trained guard dog from your local breeder who specializes in such a niche. They say dog is a man’s best friend, but when that dog saves you and your family’s life, he’s no longer a friend, he’s a part of the family. Do yourself a favor and research the best, local dog breeds in your area who specialize in this field and give them a call.

Even an untrained dog has been said to scare off would be robbers.  Just the barking sound lets them know that any attempt on your home will be met with at least an inconvenience.

Be Involved In The Community

While not a foolproof way to secure your home, if you happen to know your neighbors and live in a community, you can often have someone watch your home or at the very least keep an eye out for suspicious vehicles.

In addition, if you do have neighbors that you trust you can have them pick up your newspaper or mail so that your home isn’t easily spotted as “vacant.”

Invest In Flood Lights (or turn them on)

It’s known around the law enforcement circles that a well lit home is a home that is less likely to be burglarized.  While none of these tips are fool proof they can go a long way in securing your home.

Home Safety, Overall…

Your home is one of your most important investments and you want to protect everything and everyone inside. Follow the above tips and you’ll find yourself less worried and more prepared if and when the time comes to defend your property. Whether you’re an educator an acupuncturist, a marketer, or a chiropractor you’ll want to ensure your home is protected to the utmost degree. If you’ve enjoyed these recommendations, feel free to share this piece with your friends and family.

Buy A Home In A Gated Community

If all else fails and you are still fearful, you can buy a home behind a gate.  Gated communities often offer a layer of protection like none-other.  If you were to buy a home in Chateau Elan behind a gate, a would be predator would have to at least get past the guard, the gate and whatever defense you set up.

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6 Ways To Upgrade Your Home And Add Equity

As a homeowner, you have every right to add upgrades to your home to fit your personality and needs. Part of the excitement of having your own home is customizing it according to your liking. However, if your home improvement projects are geared towards appraising your home value, some projects are more worth it than others.  Even if you’re in your retirement home you’ll still want to consider return on the investment.

In this article, we will be enumerating the 6 home renovation projects and compare which 3 are more expensive and which 3 are less expensive.

3 Small, Less Expensive Improvements that Earn their Keep

  •  Wood Deck Addition – This renovation may cost you around $9,237 but the cost recouped will be 77.3%. Home buyers like having a deck to relax or entertain guests in, so if your house doesn’t have this, it is best that you have one installed. Not only will your house be more functional and have a more spacious outdoor living space, it will also improve your house’s value.
  • Vinyl Window Replacement – This renovation may cost you around $9,770 but the cost recouped will be at 71.2%. Insulated vinyl is a great upgrade for aging windows. This material also saves on heating and cooling.
  • Steel Entry-Door Replacement – This renovation may cost you around $1,137 but the cost recouped will be at 85.6%. A steel door is one of the least expensive front door options. It may be susceptible to dents but it can easily be repaired. Home owners prefer this type of door as it can also help cut energy costs because of its insulating value.

3 Big Home Renovations that are More Expensive

  • Kitchen Remodeling – This renovation may cost you around $53,931 but the cost recouped may only be around 68.9%. The kitchen is one of the most important parts of a home to a homeowner, aesthetically and functionally. This is why most owners choose major renovations in this part of the home by adding top-of-the-line appliances, custom cabinets, granite counter tops, commercial-grade range, and tile backsplash. All of these additions may amount to $107,046 but may only add $64,113 in the home’s value.
  • Master Suite Addition – This renovation may cost you around $101,873 but the cost recouped will only be around 63.2%. Do you know that adding a walk-in closet and full-bath can only add $64,000 to your home’s value?  Commercial bathroom upgrades make a better return here.
  • Two Story Addition – This renovation may cost you around $152,470 but the cost recouped may only be around 65.4%. Adding second story with a 26×16-foot addition with a family room, bathroom, and bedroom will cost you $53,00 more than it will add to your home’s resale value.

While you can do whatever you want to your home, it’s a great idea to consult with a real estate agent near you to figure out if this is going to add value in your neighborhood.

If you’re thinking of upgrading your home it might be time to upgrade your security.  If you need do get a loan check out the best home improvement loans at  Contact Us today to get a free estimate and evaluation to give you peace of mind while you have these upgrades.

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Carbon Monoxide Detector Is A Must For Safety

If you’re here then you already care about safety and security. Recently, a Saskatoon woman says her carbon monoxide detector saved her life. CBC reports this story just recently.

Pearl Korentchenko and her boyfriend noticed their furnace was not working when they returned from an outing on Thursday night.

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5 Neighborhoods That Need Security Now

Nutana ParkTypically neighborhoods above the “luxury” line are the ones that really need to worry about security.  Here’s our top 5 picks for Saskatoon home security upgrades right now.

5 Neighborhoods That Need Security Now

  1. Furdale, Saskatoon – home to Saskatoon’s own Golf Club and with an average price of $1.5 Million, this luxury real estate needs security.
  2. Albert Park, Regina – while most visit here to see the dinosaurs with an average price of a home around $900K you can expect that home security needs to be improved!
  3. Arcola Esat, Regina – with a collection a trails, amenities, and golf you can expect that these homes are in need of some home security.
  4. Briarwood, Saskatoon – more of an actual neighborhood or subdivision, Briarwood features homes from the high $700’s
  5. Nutana Park, Saskatoon – located on the south side of Saskatoon, the homes can range all the way to the millions.

and just for fun, how about an Atlanta GA city?

Brookhaven, GA – This is an actual city that will be confused for Atlanta.  With home prices as high as $2 million and no gates, you can expect that homes in Brookhaven GA  have high security needs.

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DIY Security Camera Reviews

The first wave of DIY security systems didn’t have security camera integration, however, the idea of web cams and other video camera devices doubling as a security camera is nothing new.


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Why Do I Need A Security System?

Do you need a Home Security System?

As a home owner, you may consider whether or not you should purchase a Home Security system, especially if you live in a safe neighborhood. The truth of the matter is that all homes should have these systems, no matter where they live. Not only will it provide peace of mind and additional security to your family and your home, but it will also help reduce the cost of your home insurance premiums. So, it does not matter how safe your neighborhood is, or how simple and plain your home may be, it is still possible that it can get broken in to, and for this reason, all home owners should purchase a Home Security system for their family’s protection, and to secure the home and its external perimeters. Do you have questions or need to get a price on a security system for your home or office?

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Home Security Camera | Canada

Now it is easy to take advantage of a complete video camera option within your home at a reasonable price. Check out live video signal from your own laptop or smart phone with a home security camera. Your Cura digital cameras allow you to schedule video filming while you’re away from your own home or anyone can easily set the cameras to record video clips when ever motion is determined. An individual can select to get notified each time a video is recorded via text message as well as electronic mail, and watch them on your laptop or via an iphone or Android app on your mobile phone. With the addition of video protection to your Cura Home Security System you can actually benefit from not only intrusion safeguards but also the comfort and ease that comes with watching what exactly is taking place on your property at any time, from any place. Questions about home security cameras in Saskatoon Canada?

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