Does a home security system add to your home’s value?
Location, age, size and design are just a few factors that can impact the value of a property – however, one thing many homeowners overlook is security.
Whether you are choosing to sell your home in the near future or you want to make quick and easy improvements to your property, this article will look into the importance of having home security measures in place and how this can affect the value of your house.
How important is a home security system?
According to recent figures, the number of burglaries reported in the UK in 2021 has been on the rise, increasing from 16,294 in April to just over 17,000 in June and July.
In previous years, it seemed as though the number of burglaries was reducing throughout the UK, with figures showing that reports were down by 22% in 2020 compared to 2019. However, following the lift of lockdown restrictions in April 2021, which saw many businesses reopen and employees return to the office, there has been a significant rise in the number of reported burglaries as people haven’t been staying inside their homes as much as they were.
As it stands, research has shown that the number of homeowners with a security system in place is relatively low, with 32% having a burglar alarm system and 40% having a security camera installed. With reports of burglaries on the rise, it’s more important now than ever to invest in a modern, functional security system to protect your home and its contents when you’re not there.
Does a security system add value to a home?
Having a modern security system in place at your home can be a very desirable feature for prospective buyers. Adding or updating your alarm system, replacing the locks or installing a CCTV camera are all ways you can upgrade the security at your home, making it an attractive investment to buyers and helping to significantly reduce home insurance costs.
Kitting your home out with a comprehensive security system is definitely a bonus for buyers. It reflects the time and effort that has gone into protecting the property, for which they can reap the benefits!
What home security options are available?
When it comes to the different home security options available, no stone is left unturned. The choice includes – but are not limited to – the following:
Many modern security systems use smart technology for added accessibility and peace of mind. Here at Astra Security, our systems have digital hard drive recording, remote and online access to the camera footage via an app or computer, and they take clear images in low light conditions. We also offer:
- Number plate recognition cameras
- Thermal cameras
- Pan, tilt and zoom (PTZ) cameras, which include infrared lighting
Where does a home security system need to be positioned?
When it comes to installing a new security system, careful consideration must be paid to its positioning; it needs to serve its purpose while being readily visible to deter thieves.
That being said, it’s important to note that any equipment containing cameras must only monitor your premises – they must not be directed at nearby properties or any public areas, such as roads and pavements, so as to avoid breaching the law.
Making sure the positioning is correct at the point of installation is essential, both for the rest of your time at the property and for prospective buyers. A professional company will carry out a site check at your home to determine the best location for your new security system for high performance and legal compliance.
Here at Astra Security, we offer a comprehensive range of systems to improve the security at your property, including burglar alarms, CCTV, fire alarms and much more. Partnering a wealth of industry experience with a highly skilled team of technicians, we have established ourselves as one of the leading security companies operating throughout Maidstone, Medway, Tonbridge and Ashford. We’ve worked hard to earn this industry standing and are proud members of the Security Systems and Alarms Inspection Board (SSAIB), so you know to expect complete professionalism when coming to us.
Simply give us a call today to find out more.