A no-contract home security system: Should you get one?

Posted April 14th, 2022 by SimpliSafe

Choosing a home security system can be quite the undertaking, especially when it comes to the conversation of contracts. If you’re trying to decide between getting a no-contract home security system or a security system/service that does come with a contract, we’re here to help you weigh the pros and cons to decide what’s best. 

What is a no-contract home security system?

A no-contract home security system is just as it sounds; a way to get all the benefits of a home security system without signing on the dotted line. It allows you to use what equipment and services fit your needs at any given time, without having to pay for what you don’t need. 

And, if you’re not happy with what you’ve purchased, you won’t be forced to stay in a long-term commitment with the company or pay penalties for leaving. No-contract systems typically work on a month-to-month basis, vs. long-term contracts where you’ll still pay monthly, but for a predetermined amount of time. 

The pros & cons of no-contract security systems

To some people, not having a contract for a home security system seems like a great perk. But, for others, it may come off as suspicious. After all, contracts are generally a two-way street and can help you to ensure that you’re getting your end of the deal met, too. Though contracts may have some downsides, they aren’t necessarily bad, and may actually be ideal for certain people. However, no-contract systems have undeniable flexibility in order to accommodate anyone’s budget and expectations.

Let’s start by understanding the pros and cons of a no-contract security system, so you can feel more confident with your decision:

Advantages of a no-contract system:

  • Can change your system up if it’s not working for you.

  • Can try out the security system first to see if you like it.

  • If you don’t like the system, you don’t need to go through the process of removing a system that’s already been hardwired for installation.

  • You can still get all the perks of a contract system, like professional monitoring.

  • Is generally a lot more affordable than companies who offer security systems that come with contracts.

  • You get to own the equipment. 

Disadvantages of a no-contract system:

  • There can still be some fine print hidden behind all the “no-contract!” advertising.

  • The absence of a contract tends to be correlated with smart DIY systems, whereas contracts tend to be correlated with more traditional, hardwired systems. If you’re not comfortable with smart systems or self-installation, though, you can get help!

  • Some people prefer the convenience of a one-fixed fee for a contract, as opposed to keeping track of how much each additional piece of equipment or add-on service costs.

  • Some people may not be confident installing and/or monitoring the system themselves, and don’t want to be personally responsible if something happens. They know that companies with contracts often have legal liability that they can easily read on the contract itself. But, again, we always recommend adding on professional monitoring to a no-contract home security system. 

Why get a no-contract home security system?

A traditional home security system might be better for some people⁠—even with a required contract. But, a no-contract security system can allow you to customize your home security system and let you have control of what you’re paying for and how long you need to pay for it. You won’t be locked into something that you can’t get out of in the event you’re not happy with the equipment, service, or costs you’re paying. A security system without a contract can also be ideal if you’re not sure how long you’ll be staying in your current home (for example, if you’re renting an apartment).

What to consider

If you recognize the benefits of a no-contract home security system but you’re concerned that no contracts = no accountability or no returns/refunds, check that the company you’re looking at has answers to these concerns. After all, there’s no real benefit to choosing a no-contract system if there are no returns or money-back guarantees.

For example, SimpliSafe offers full returns and returns within 60 days of making your purchase, which means you have two full months to test it out! Read our return policy and other FAQs to learn more, or take a look at a breakdown of our service plan options.