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!
$298/camera (2 pack)
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
Easy to install
Highest rated on Home Depot
Requires a $10/mo subscription cost to receive alerts
Issues with the Nest Cloud service
Requires a strong wifi connection
$249/camera OR $448/ 2 pack camera
Motion-activated camera and floodlights
Features 2-way talk and a siren alarm for better monitoring
Customizable motion zones and scheduling with phone alerts
Easy to install
Good night vision
Requires strong wifi signal
Light Bulbs in floodlights are not replaceable
Does not record – only live video
$499.99 (4 pack)
3MP smart detection security system
Reduces false alerts by up to 90%
24/7/365 days a year technical phone and web support
Good customer service
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!
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