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