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5 Ways an Alarm System Can Increase Your Home's Value

Home Security Systems

"In recent years, homeowners have become more keenly aware of resale value as the housing market has struggled and rebounded. Does a home security system add value? The answer is often yes. Below are five ways it can do just that.

Easy security system setup for the buyer

The popularity of home security systems has steadily increased over the years and many people prefer to buy a home that already has a security system in place. This can be a real incentive for buyers.

Savings on homeowners insurance

Buyers can generally obtain a discount on homeowners insurance, when there is a home security system, which can sway a buyer in your favor. Given the choice of two very similar houses — one with a security system (and possible related insurance discounts) and one without — many buyers will choose the house with the security system. Not only will they be able to enjoy the peace of mind that comes with having a home security system, they may also save substantially on their insurance premiums.

Home automation features and energy management

Many of the latest home security systems come with integrated home features, such as automatic thermostat controls, lighting controls and even remote control of home appliances. Not only are these homes more secure, they are also more energy-efficient. When a buyer knows there will be savings on utility bills (in addition to homeowners insurance premium discounts), they are much more likely to make an offer.

Emergency sensors can help avert disaster

Today, you can install home security systems with add-ons that can detect flooding from appliances that malfunction, gas leaks, basement flooding, roof leaks and low temperatures. These are all situations in which acting quickly is key. By being alerted to hazards, homeowners can prevent very costly home repairs. Any homebuyer who has woken up to find the basement flooded from a burst pipe will appreciate such a system.

Adjunct security measures

Finally, the additional security measures that the conscientious homeowner makes when installing a home security system can also help boost home value. For example, motion-sensor lighting over the driveway and over the pathway to the front door is a terrific convenience — in addition to being a deterrent to nighttime intruders. Keeping vegetation trimmed back near doors, porches, and downstairs windows not only helps deny a burglar a good hiding place, it also improves a home’s curb appeal