There are two types of home security systems prevalent on today's market: those with professional monitoring (by a central monitoring station), and those that are self-monitored (by you and your network of contacts). The former typically includes a fairly steep ($30-$75) monthly fee to cover the cost of the monitoring station, while with the latter you typically only pay for the equipment. Don't want this added expense of monthly monitoring? Worried about false alarms and getting fined by your city? We hear ya! These are a few of the reasons that self-monitored security systems have become so intriguing. They put you in control of your system, and you have access to cutting edge "smart" technology that you can control from your smartphone! With these DIY (Do It Yourself) security systems you're in charge of when the authorities are called to your home and how you secure your home...Read More »
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iSmartAlarm has created some buzz about self-monitored security systems (systems that you monitor yourself via notifications sent to you and using your network of contacts - no need to pay a monthly fee for a central monitoring station or enter into a multi-year contract). Not only does iSmartAlarm include multiple camera options, but it also has stellar customer service — two things often overlooked by companies providing home security. We've tested iSmartAlarm ourselves and take you through our installation experience. Read on to learn more about this DIY home security system...Read More »
When choosing a home warranty company you need to do one thing. READ THE FINE PRINT. Many customers find themselves frustrated with a company for not paying for an appliance repair or the replacement of a system, but if the company isn't paying for it there is most likely a written exclusion in your contract specifying the situation. So before we go any farther promise you'll read every word of your contract...Read More »
Imagine a world where you could have your coffee made for you when you wake up in the morning, the lights turned on just before you get home from work and turn the Crock Pot on just in time to have dinner ready when you get home (or turn it off if you are running late). Thanks to a company called WEMO, this Jetsons lifestyle is now reality, and you don't have to buy a new coffeemaker or crockpot. Make your existing appliances smarter with smart bulbs, smart light switches, WiFi outlets and more...Read More »
Is your elderly parent or spouse no longer able to make the trek upstairs? Or do you have a family member who’s become permanently disabled? It’s a huge life adjustment for sure, but it doesn't mean your loved one has to move out of their own home. Read our stair lift reviews to see the number of options you have - we've included details about custom designs, features, pros and cons and pricing to help you make a sound decision...Read More »
When it comes to choosing the right gift for that special someone who has everything, choices are limited. This can also turn a process that should be fun into one of frustration. GiftRocket presents a unique solution to the age-old problem of those that are hard to buy for: a service that allows users to send gift cards for local stores or cash-based greetings. We'll take a deeper look at GiftRocket and what makes it so special...Read More »
Tired of watching Netflix and Hulu on your tiny computer screen or tablet? Streaming media players connect to your television so you don't have to squint your eyes at a small screen. In this comparison we take a look at the top streaming media players and pick our winners for best receiver for 2016. Included in this review are: Apple TV, Google TV, Roku, Boxee, Amazon Fire TV, PlayOn, WD TV Live, TVersity and Chromecast, as well as a few others. We share our top 3 picks for best streaming media player and for each, we share the pros and cons, so that you can decide which one might fit your budget and entertainment needs best...Read More »
Want to know who’s on your front porch when you’re out of the house or even while you’re at home? Whether you live in a high-traffic neighborhood or a remote location, it’s important to keep your home safe from intruders. One of the current high-tech ways to monitor your home is through wireless doorbell cameras. Read more to learn about our top picks for best doorbell cameras...Read More »
Best Peer to Peer Lending Sites: Upstart vs Sofi vs Lending Club vs Prosper vs Funding Circle & More!
Have you been turned down by a bank for the loan you need? Or are you worried your credit score won't cut it? Whether you need to consolidate debt, boost your small business or want to make some home improvements, you're still in luck. Peer-to-peer lending sites could be the answer to your financial needs. In many cases peer-to-peer (P2P) loans are an excellent alternative to traditional loans. But what are P2P lending sites? How do they work? What are the risks? And how do you know which site can provide you the type of loan you need? We'll answer all these questions and more with our best peer-to-peer lending site reviews...Read More »
Activity Tracker Showdown: Garmin vs Fitbit vs Jawbone vs Nike Fuelband vs Microsoft Band vs BodyBugg
Wearable tech is a relatively new term, but this year’s new product introductions have made the category HOT with an ever-growing feature set designed to make these products more exciting and user-friendly. Companies are coming out with new gadgets to help you reach your weight and fitness goals. Read more to learn which company we consider to have the best activity tracker...Read More »
Wearable tech is everywhere and smartwatches are popping up from every mobile company, including Apple. How do you find which one is best? Will a smartwatch replace your smartphone? We're here to help! Read more to find the best smartwatch for you...Read More »
Do you own an older home with systems and appliances that may begin to show their age soon? Or do you want to make sure your new home is covered for major structural defects? It could be in your best interest to consider purchasing a home warranty. There are tons of home warranty companies out there, and each offers varying coverage and levels of service. 2-10 Home Buyers Warranty, one of the better known on the market, has been around for 30 years and gets an A rating from the Better Business Bureau. Here in our 2-10 Home Warranty review, we'll break down what this company has to offer, its pros and cons and give you consumer feedback to help you see if 2-10 Warranty is right for you...Read More »