home alone & GetSafe review

by | Jul 14, 2016 | Miscellaneus | 25 comments

This past week, Jeff gave me an amazing gift.  Something that I haven’t had in over nine years…  Three days and two nights with the house all to myself.  High fives all around to moms who know what an amazingly awesome thing that is.

I had an internal Macaulay Culkin moment where I jumped on all of the beds eating popcorn and ran through the house screaming.  (It was internal, because I didn’t want to spend my precious free time cleaning up popcorn.)

I originally had a line of projects ready to work on…trim work in the upstairs bathroom, cleaning out the attic eaves, organizing and purging closets and drawers, but Jeff encouraged me to take the time to relax.  I felt like I needed to make the time really worth it, but he convinced me that I’m productive enough and a little staycation was well earned.

I slept late, I binge-watched TV shows, I ate at odd hours, and I generally did only what I felt like doing.  I did miss my guys, but it was glorious!!

The only thing I was remotely hesitant about when he started planning the trip was being home alone at night.  I’m very content on my own until it’s time to go to sleep and then I turn into a twelve year old girl who’s ready to creep through the house armed with a tennis racquet at the slightest shuffle at a window or squeak of the floor.

It’s ridiculous, because we live in a really safe area, but you know how the mind is once you get an idea in your head!

I had considered looking into alarm systems a few years ago when Jeff was a youth pastor and traveled more, but they were expensive and intimidating and seemed like an over-reaction.  With smart phones, though, things have changed a lot in the area of home security and I was willing to give it another look.

I was recently introduced to GetSafe, a company that provides a wireless home security system that’s simple to install and doesn’t require a long-term commitment.

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The start-up kit arrives in box that shows exactly what everything is and the steps you need to take to get the system set up and working…

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I will admit, though, that I got to this stage and I felt a little overwhelmed at the prospect of having to read an instruction manual on each of the gadgets to make sure I was doing it right.

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Of course, the people at GetSafe thought about people like me and there is lots of support on the app and their website.   I was able to find a short video tutorial that walked me through each step.

The really nice thing is that all of door monitors and motion sensors can be put into place with sticky-back tape.  Yeah, that’s right.  Sticky-back tape!  No screws, no wires, nothing permanently attached to your house, which doesn’t only mean it’s easy to install, but also that you can take it with you if you move and it can be used in a rented space.

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…and the system is controlled through your smart phone, so that’s simple, too.  No keypads to program.

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You can set up which sensors you want armed when – like when you’re away or at night or both.  For example, you might want the door sensors armed at night, but not the motion sensor, because someone in your house is often out of bed at all hours (like I am to test my son’s blood sugar or make corrections to it.)  But you might want the motion sensors working when you’re on vacation.

Since everything is controlled through the internet, you can arm and disarm the system, even when you’re away from home.  You can even see if a door is open!

See – open…

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…closed…

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And, because sometimes the internet goes down, the system is equipped with AT&T 3G cellular as a backup along with a battery backup for the hub.

Another thing I like about GetSafe is that you can customize the system for the things you’re concerned about.  If it’s security from intruders, there are cameras, motion sensors, and door and window sensors.  If you have other safety concerns for your family and/or home, there is a flood sensor and smoke detector as well.  You can even get a thermostat that works with the GetSafe system, so you can control the temperature or your home.  And there are options for self-monitoring or 24/7 professional monitoring, whatever suits your situation the best.

The day after I installed and armed the system, by myself I might add, I received a call from GetSafe.  My first thought was uh-oh, I’ve used it all wrong and tripped the alarm and police are going to show up at my door!  Well, they put my mind at ease.  They were just calling to see how it was going, to answer any questions I had, and to give me some tips on setting a schedule to arm the system.

Usually, when Jeff is gone, I have a really hard time getting to sleep and typically watch some no-name movie I find in the depths of the Netflix library until I can’t keep my eyes opened any longer, but this time I was able to arm the system and fall asleep without stressing over the bump of the sump pump or the whirr of the A/C.  It made my time alone that much more of a gift.

If you’re interested in purchasing GetSafe for your home, the first 50 readers who purchase the Starter Kit can use code “MMS2016” to get a FREE Motion Sensor Camera (a $129 value). 

Here’s how: on the GetSafe site, add the Motion Detector Camera to your cart, click CHECKOUT, and then enter MMS2016 on the CHECKOUT page under the order summary.

If you’d like to learn more about GetSafe or connect with their team, you can find them here…

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Disclosure: This post was sponsored by GetSafe.  I received the GetSafe system for free and was also compensated for this post.  I do not receive any commissions or additional compensation for purchases made through the links in this post.  All words an opinions are my own and, as always, I’m introducing my readers to companies and products I believe would be of interest.

25 Comments

  1. Donna

    Interesting, very interesting…I am going to look into this. Thanks!

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  2. Botanic Bleu

    Marian,
    This sounds like something I need to investigate more. My wired system needs some repair, but this system sounds like it might be better to use.

    Judith

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  3. Christina

    Thanks for the info. I will have to look into this since we are renters.

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  4. Jo

    Will you do a follow up post say 6 mo or so down the road and let us know how you like it? We have ADT and never been happy with customer service and support. Thanks for the post.

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    • marian

      I can definitely do that. I will say that I’ve been impressed with the customer service so far. When they called me, I thought, “they are probably just doing this because I’m a blogger”, but the service rep never mentioned anything about it and it seemed routine for them to call their new customers to make sure they are comfortable with the system.

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  5. Kathy

    So no ATT here, not good coverage. Wonder if they will have a Verizon version soon? I would purchase right now if it worked with Verizon.

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  6. Krista

    Big applause to Jeff! It was really nice that he encouraged you to take a mini vacation. And I know exactly what you mean about staying alone at night. I just try to get all outside chores done before dark, and I make sure I’ve checked the entire house, and everything’s locked. I have two good-sized dogs who seem to be extra alert when the hubby is gone.

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    • Janice

      I also have some security bars which go under the door handle and prevent the door from opening when pushed in. In the morning you remove it. One night my husband had used it while I was still out. I couldn’t get in, the more you push the more it jams and holds the door shut. I bought them at Target . I sleep better when alone , I know someone cannot kick the door in.
      This system looks interesting .

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  7. Margo Hayes

    I love your blog – very well done and inspiring. One complaint – the Verizon ads are maddening – each time I click on something and then go back another Verizon ad is at the bottom. Ads in general on the page are annoying but this is way too much. Hope you can fix this.
    Thanks.
    Margo Hayes

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    • marian

      Are you viewing on an Ipad? We did make changes to remove the ad at the bottom, but if you could let me know a bit more detail, we might be able to get that fixed. Yes, sorry about that! things have been a little out of whack on my site.

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      • karen

        I have the same problem on my laptop….click the x to close ad…ck’d the “ad hides post” and now the thanks for the feedback box is covering your blog post…I’m seeing this problem on more of the blogs I follow…not happy about it and find myself just closing the blog and going on to something else….

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        • marian

          Okay, I’m still working on it. Sometime screwy is happening with the iPad view. So sorry about the inconvenience.

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  8. Wendy York

    I love your reference to Macaulay Culkin. I have thought of that scene so many times! My husband learned a long time ago on a camping trip to Grand Teton National Park that I’m much happier when I’ve had a little “space” ? (… and my quiet time?) God bless these good husbands!

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  9. TRACY

    Will look into getsafe. Thanks for the info. That is one of many reasons I love having a dog! As far as the ads go, I use adblock and it says it blocked 15 ads on this page.

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    • Sandi

      yes,
      love, l-o-v-e adblock!!

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  10. Carrie Roberts

    Do you need to be an AT& T customer?

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    • marian

      No, that’s just a backup in case the internet goes out, but it doesn’t have anything to do with your cell service

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  11. Becky

    Do the door monitors ‘chime’ when the system is unarmed but still active? I always liked that idea with kids in the house, so you can get the audible “clue” that someone is in our out of the house when you are home.

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  12. Naomi S.

    I have not lived alone for a while now–housemates, etc.–but when I did I always had a dog that I was pretty sure would alert me to someone trying to break in. Especially the chow chow that I had before my present dog, a Labradoodle, Tavi. I think he would definitely alert me but not sure he would attack anyone he’s SO friendly! I live in a pretty safe neighborhood in a smallish city and don’t worry so much about home safety, altho’ I do keep my doors locked at night and sometimes during the day if I am alone. I’ve never really tho’t I wanted an alarm system. They just seemed like a nuisance to me and I was sure I would be setting it off all the time! The one you have installed in your home sounds like a really good choice if it gives you peace of mind and I wouldn’t hesitate to use it if I really felt I needed one.

    Thanks for the information on this, Marian. I’m sure it will be very useful for a number of us.

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  13. Alice

    One thing that you should be aware of is that the self stick detectors can let go and fall from
    the wall or trim triggering the alarm. If this happens in the night it can be extremely unnerving.
    I have a different system but it uses the same self stick sensors and they eventually give out.
    It’s good to check them once in a while to make sure they are secure.

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  14. DiB

    Good information.
    I think alarm systems are over used though. We’ve never had one and sleep like babies every night. Going away on business trips and vacations have never presented an problem either. I think alarms systems have become another tech toy …..

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  15. marylisa noyes

    I get that same feeling alone even though it was my life as a wife of an airline pilot. He is retired now but recently I spent 3 weeks alone as he was in the hospital so I found with the house we live in now I am much more comfortable and feel far more relaxed.

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  16. Cindi

    I know I’m going to sound like Debbie Downer but…..
    I wouldn’t feel safe just because I knew an alarm was going to go off if someone broke in.
    Even if the response time was just mere minutes before help would arrive.
    Yep, I would still be scared.
    Instead, I have a dog that would take down an intruder in seconds flat
    and two more right behind her.
    Of course that’s not why I have my dogs, it’s just a fringe benefit.
    😉

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    • marian

      Yes, I do agree that extra protective measures are good to have in place to really keep you safe, but an alarm can alert you and even your neighbors, etc. to the potential danger and, most likely, spook the intruder.

      I’ve only ever had “attack cats”, who probably wouldn’t do very much to alert or protect me! 🙂

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  17. Stephenie Klingler

    This would be really great to have in our home. I feel fearful when my husband travels, too. I much prefer this system than a gun!

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