According to Safeguard the World, one US home is broken into every 13 seconds. A home without a security system is three times as likely to be broken into than one with a system in place. But, does a security system add value to your Westfield home? Yes. And in more ways than one.
Why Should I Install a Westfield Home Security System?
With approximately two million reported home burglaries each year, thieves pose the biggest threat to our homes. Sometimes, the cost of replacing broken windows and doors adds up to more than what may actually be stolen. A home security system deters would-be thieves from breaking into your Westfield home in the first place.
Expensive monitoring systems are a thing of the past. In today’s marketplace, an investment of a few hundred dollars grants you a state-of-the-art security system. Most systems allow 24/7 access via your smartphone. Even when you’re away, you can see who’s ringing your doorbell. In fact, you can even answer them via intercom from your smartphone. If a burglar thinks someone is home, they are less likely to attempt a break-in. Consumer’s Advocate ranks Frontpoint, ADT, Protect America and Vivint as the top four best home security systems in the US.
But Does it Add Value to my Westfield Home?
Yes. Buyers want safe, secure neighborhoods to live in. A good, easy-to-use security system appeals to everyone. Motion-activated lights over the garage keep burglars away as well as provide illumination for residents returning home after dark. Security systems also reduce neighborhood crime rates. Finally, homeowners receive discounts on their homeowner’s insurance when they own a security system. All of these add value to your Westfield home.
These systems don’t guarantee that your home won’t ever be broken into. However, they do provide a huge deterrent for burglars. If you make it difficult for them to break in quietly, they’ll move on to somewhere else. Systems don’t have to cost thousands of dollars to be effective either. Do your homework before you install one. A small investment now could save you thousands of dollars throughout the entire time you own your Westfield home.
Scott Gleason, CRS at Coldwell Banker Realty – East, NJ Luxury Homes