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We know you have options when it comes to security and that everyone has different needs.

To make your life a little easier, we’ve created a home/property monitoring 101 guide with a comparison of some of the top professional monitoring services in the market so you can find the one that best fits your needs.

Home/Property Monitoring 101

What is Monitoring?

Traditionally, monitoring has been professional monitoring for break-ins and burglaries. But at Notion, we want you to get the most out of your security system. We believe home and property owners should take a more holistic approach by protecting your physical safety and protecting yourself against expensive potential damage. That’s why we offer an all-in-one sensor that detects water, temperature, smoke, carbon dioxide and motion. Here are a few examples of things you can protect yourself from with monitoring services like Notion:

Water Damage



Temperature Changes

Carbon Monoxide

While it is important to protect yourself against theft, you’re leaving your property at risk by not considering these other types of protection. Did you know that:

Water damage in your home is 5x more likely than theft

The highest homeowner losses are from fires, costing an average of $68,322

10% of homes in the US have leaks that waste at least 90 gallons of water a day

$10,234 is the average cost
of a home water damage
insurance claim

The ability to detect these issues before they escalate saves you from dealing with your insurance company and potentially increasing your premiums, prevents potential loss of irreplaceable items and avoids the hassle of coordinating any necessary repairs. It’s time to rethink your protection needs and start determining what other alerts you might need around your property.

Monitoring Options

To monitor your security sensors you have 2 options: professional monitoring or self-monitoring. Self-monitoring is hands-on and requires you to manage your security by checking on the status of your sensors and being responsible for any escalation to authorities. Professional monitoring is hands-off, utilizing a professional security company to monitor your sensors and escalate to the proper authorities. Within professional monitoring, there are two different buckets - traditional professional monitoring with companies like ADT or DIY, on-demand monitoring with companies like Notion.


  • Active, hands-on involvement required
  • No monthly fee
  • Possible Smart Home insurance discount
  • Flexible setup - design your system how you want
  • No fail-safe, if you’re unavailable/don’t have cell service there is no emergency escalation

Professional Monitoring


  • Monitored by trained security
  • Monthly fee
  • Possible Smart Home &
    Professional Monitoring insurance
  • Optional add-on to a self-monitored system
  • Flexible set up - design your system
    how you want
  • Build your system as you go, add more sensors as needed
  • DIY installation - professional
    installation not required
  • No contracts, easy cancellation
  • Flexible alert notifications via push, text, phone
  • Multi-user notifications
  • Monitors for theft, water leaks, fire and more


  • Monitored by trained security
  • Monthly fee + possible activation
  • Possible Smart Home &
    Professional Monitoring insurance
  • Equipment + professional monitoring as a
    bundled package
  • Predetermined system setup
  • Professional installation costing $50-$100+
  • Typically require contracts
  • Hardwired home option
  • Multi-user notifications often cost
  • Typically monitors for theft/break-ins only

The major difference between professional monitoring and self-monitoring options are cost and time investment. Self-monitoring can save you $10+/mo but requires an active time investment into checking and responding to your security alerts — the additional peace of mind and ease of a professionally monitored system is often worth the investment. It’s important to consider situations like the following that might impact your ability to be aware of and respond to alerts. 



At Work/Meeting

Dead Phone Battery

No Cell Service

Professional monitoring is a great option for those who want 24/7 monitoring with little time investment. Plus, you can keep your property protected for less than a delivery pizza if you research and compare your options.

What are your options?

There are several professional monitoring options available to you. We’ve spent time assembling information on some of the top professional monitoring companies so you don’t have to.

InstallationDIYDIY or
Pro ($100)
DIYPro (~$50)Pro ($99+)DIY or Pro ($79)DIY
Equipment Cost
Monitors LeaksRequires $20 sensor
Monitors TempsRequires $30 sensor
Smoke and CO
Requires $30 sensor. No CO
Monitors  Motion
ContractsNoNo contract plan for higher monthly rate No42-60 mos unless pay in full for equipment36 mosNoNo
Yes: Text, Push, CallYes: Text, Email, CallYes: Text, Push, Email, CallYes: CallYes: Text, Push, Email, CallNot in base monitoring planYes: Text, Email, Call
NoonlightBrinks Home SecurityProprietaryProprietaryProprietaryC.O.P.S. MonitoringRapid Response Monitoring

*Notion partners with several companies like insurers to protect your property for free with Notion