By Gene and Katie Hamilton
To get a preview of who is knocking at your door without actually opening it, you can use a door peephole or consider a wireless video intercom that allows you to view and talk to a visitor from inside your home from an indoor monitor. This is a comfort and convenience if you're disabled or working in the house at a distance from the door.
A video monitoring system is made of two components, an outdoor speaker/camera and an indoor monitor. The indoor monitor rings and displays a picture of the visitor on the screen when the visitor presses the button on the door unit. To install a wireless video monitoring system a security company will charge $395, which includes labor and the material. If you're handy, you can buy the system and install it for $295 and save 25 percent. In addition, you'll need four connectors and wire to connect the camera and monitor together.
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The bottom line: compare the price of a contractor’s bid to install a wireless video intercom with what it costs to do it yourself and make your decision. You adjust the cost to where you live by adding your ZIP Code.
Improvement and Repair Cost Updated 2019
The cost and time data is generated by averaging labor and material data from annually updated cost books used by contractors and refined by the authors'
experience remodeling 13 houses. They are authors of 20 home improvement books and Do It Yourself or Not, a weekly column syndicated by Tribune Content
Agency. The national cost can be adjusted by ZIP Code.