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Home Security App Cost Estimate

What is a home security app?

A home security application is a web or mobile application with two sets of users: homeowners and security professionals. Homeowners use the app to set up monitoring, manage their account, view activity logs, and contact professional security responders in case of emergency. Security professionals use the app to receive dispatch notifications from homeowners, view live video feeds from the homeowner’s property, and communicate via text chat with homeowners while on-call. The app may also include a dashboard that enables administrators to analyze performance metrics for all users. Home security apps are similar to many other mobile commerce apps, such as retail shopping apps, experience and transaction management apps, and travel reservation apps. Home security app examples include ADT Pulse, Nest, and Vivint. Examples of home security apps built with Crowdbotics:

What is the typical cost to build a home security app?

A home security app usually costs about $37,500 to build. However, the total cost can be as low as $25,000 or as high as $50,000. A home security app with a low number of features (also known as a minimum viable product, or MVP) will be more affordable than an app that includes all intended functionality. For example, here are some previous home security app price quotes from Crowdbotics:

How long does it take to build a home security app?

A home security app usually takes 133 hours to build. However, a home security app can be built in as few as 67 hours, or in as many as 200 hours. The exact timeline mostly depends on how complicated your specific app is. As a general rule, it will take longer if you require highly custom designs, niche features, complex logic, or non-standard release platforms. For example, some previous home security apps build with Crowdbotics received the following hourly estimates:

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How to successfully grow your home security application

Home security apps should focus on the value that they provide to customers. The most common strategy for home security apps is to offer customers a free trial period, after which they can choose to subscribe and pay for the service. In order to increase customer loyalty, home security apps should make it easy for users to add their friends and family as additional users, so that they can all monitor the same property.

Risks and challenges of building a home security application

A home security app faces risks related to the handling of personal information and user privacy. It is advised that home security apps allow users to opt out of data collection and utilize strong encryption to protect stored data from unauthorized access. Home security apps should also provide clear representations of their pricing structure and terms of service, and it is recommended that these are thoroughly vetted by legal counsel prior to launch.