Home security systems are becoming more and more popular these days, with brands such as Ring and SimpliSafe suddenly appearing in homes all over the country. Making the decision to purchase a security system for your Sotheby’s home is definitely a good idea, as there are more than 1 million burglaries in the United States per year according to the FBI. However, with so many different systems on the market today, it’s important to consider a few things before committing to one that may not meet all of your needs. 

1. How big is your home? 

The first thing to think about is the size of your Sotheby’s home. Realistically, a DIY security system may not work if you have a larger home with a lot of space to cover. Similarly, an expansive professional set up is likely not necessary if your home is on the smaller side. Determining the size of your residence and the areas that you want to protect can help you narrow down the list of possible security systems that will be a good fit.  

2. Do you want to monitor the system yourself or have it professionally monitored?

Another important consideration when buying a home security system is how it will be monitored. There are many DIY brands available that offer self-monitoring, meaning that you can view the live/ recorded video via a mobile app and will receive a push notification when a sensor is triggered. With this option, it’s up to you contact the fire department or police if assistance is needed. Some of these DIY brands also offer professional monitoring for an extra fee, where the company will contact you if any sensors are triggered. If they can’t reach you or if you need help, they will send local first responders to your residence. There are also many professional security companies, like ADT, that will completely set up and monitor the system for your Sotheby’s home. 

3. How much do you want to spend?

The cost of a security system involves the initial equipment purchase, installation if you choose to have someone set it up for you, and a monthly fee for ongoing video or professional monitoring. With so many different systems available, it’s important that you find one that fits in your budget and that you’re comfortable with for your Sotheby’s home. After purchasing your initial security equipment, many brands offer an affordable monthly fee for access to their app where you can monitor your video feeds. The cost may be higher if you decide on a brand that sets up the equipment and monitors it for you, but they typically provide more services, such as contacting emergency services directly if needed.

4. What other features do you need? 

Although video doorbells, door/window sensors, and motion detectors often come to mind when thinking about home security – there are many other products available to meet all of your needs. Do you need security cameras inside your home as well as outside? Do you want a panic button that connects you to emergency services? There are also products that work as part of a larger home automation system, where you can lock your doors and control the temperature of your Sotheby’s home through an app.


There are many things to think about before choosing the best security system to protect your home. Make sure to thoroughly research the benefits, costs, and features of each system on your list before deciding on one. If you haven’t found your dream home yet, Russ Lyon Sotheby’s can help! Check out current listings in Scottsdale, Paradise Valley, and Phoenix.

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