let’s talk : SECURITY SYSTEMS

Good morning!

True life – I need your help. I am currently looking at putting a security camera outside one of the properties BUT when I started to do research on these I felt a bit lost because there are SO MANY OPTIONS OUT THERE. Let’s talk about what I found.

So, as we do, let’s talk Real Estate, let’s talk SECURITY SYSTEMS…

My #1 priority as a landlord is safety, always. To the point that I am almost over paranoid about it. I want the tenants to feel safe and I want to make sure the property itself is safe. In some areas in which we invest, proper security requires external cameras. I started doing my research and narrowed my list down to the few below. Take a look and let us know what you think!

# 1: NEST CAM OUTDOOR SMART WIFI SECURITY CAMERA

Price
$298/camera (2 pack)

Features
24/7 live video, 130° wide-angle view lets you look after your home in 1080p HD, day and night
 
Alerts on your phone, get an alert when Nest cam detects activity
 
Weatherproof, camera, cable and adapter are all weatherproof
 
Talk and listen, speak up to get someone’s attention or tell the mailman to leave the package at the door
 
Night vision, with 8 infrared LEDs, night vision evenly illuminates the scene
 
Install it yourself and point it anywhere with the unique magnetic mount
 
Nest aware ($10/month) gives you more intelligent alerts and up to 30-days of continuous cloud recording and each camera automatically comes with a free trial

Good Reviews
Easy to install

Clear picture

Highest rated on Home Depot

Motion notifications

Bad Reviews
Requires a $10/mo subscription cost to receive alerts

Issues with the Nest Cloud service

Requires a strong wifi connection

#2: RING OUTDOOR WIFI CAM WITH MOTION ACTIVATED FLOODLIGHT

Price
$249/camera OR $448/ 2 pack camera

Features
Motion-activated camera and floodlights

Features 2-way talk and a siren alarm for better monitoring

Customizable motion zones and scheduling with phone alerts

Hardwire fixture

Good Reviews
Easy to install

Clear picture

Good night vision

Bad Reviews
Requires strong wifi signal

Light Bulbs in floodlights are not replaceable

Does not record – only live video

#3: NIGHT OWL – 4 CHANNEL, 4 CAMERA INDOOR/OUTDOOR WIRELESS 1080P NVR SURVEILLANCE SYSTEM

Price
$499.99 (4 pack)

Features
3MP smart detection security system

Reduces false alerts by up to 90%

24/7/365 days a year technical phone and web support
 
Good Reviews

Clear picture

Good customer service

Wireless

Bad Reviews
Below standard phone application

Wireless has limited range

No cloud service to review footage

Camera angle only covers 100 degrees so there is still a lot that are out of view

SO, WHERE DOES THAT LEAVE US? WHICH DIRECTION AM I HEADING?
Well, there are a TON of different security camera options. These were just the top 3 that caught my eye! I think I am leaning more towards the RING  set up purely because of the floodlights – I find them SCARY in a good way! I would LOVE to hear your opinion! Do you have cameras at your rentals? What cameras are you using?

Feel free to comment on the blog post HERE and let us know what YOU think!

Happy Wednesday!
Erin

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