Would you like to enjoy the peace of mind that comes with knowing your home and family are protected by a home security system? If you answered yes, the first step you should take is to determine your specific needs and how you will use your home security system.
Ask yourself the following questions to gain valuable information about the best system for your needs and situation:
- What is the primary purpose of the security system? Protection on a daily basis? Protection only when out of town?
- Do you want security and fire monitoring?
- Do you travel frequently?
- Are there elderly people living in the home?
- Do you have pets in the home?
- Does your insurance company require you to have a burglar and/or fire alarm? If so, what are their requirements and what corresponding savings do they offer?
Your answers to these questions will provide you with a profile of the needs of your home security system and any specific considerations to address when choosing your particular system.
Next, determine which security company is your best choice for purchasing and installing your new residential security system. It is important to compare security companies based on the same criteria to get an accurate picture of the company you will be dealing with and their specific services, as well as the obligations you will incur. This will help you avoid unpleasant surprises.
Ask the security system companies you are considering the following questions:
- Is the company licensed with the Department of Criminal Justice (DCJS)?
- Are all employees licensed, finger printed and background checked? (This is required in Virginia.)
- Will a written estimate be provided stating all costs upfront?
- Is the monitoring company UL listed? Do they charge a flat rate for burglar, fire, carbon monoxide detectors and/or medical alert systems?
- What is the length of time required for their monitoring contracts? Do they automatically renew at the end of this period for the full time period or is it month-to-month thereafter?
- Are there cancellation fees to terminate a system?
- Will you own or lease the system?
- What is the response time when you need to have your equipment serviced? What are their service rates?
- Will they provide customer referrals in your area?
One of the most important things to do is read your contract very carefully and make sure all costs are clearly stated upfront. Understand what you are purchasing and how it will benefit you and your family.
If you are looking for a reputable licensed, locally-owned home security company, we would love to talk with you.
To schedule a free home security evaluation, email us at: Glenn@cablingsystemsonline.com.