It used to be that arming your home with a security system involved opening walls, hiring a security company, and paying a fortune. Nowadays, recent technological advances have done away with many of the hassles that used to come with security systems. If you are in the market for a surveillance system to protect your home or business, the good news is that you no longer have to pay a fortune or make a huge mess cutting open walls.
Last year alone, the Better Business Bureau received over 600,000 inquiries about which alarm system companies were the best. If you are approached by someone who is promising to upgrade your system or is going door-to-door, that should be your first warning sign that they might not be the best security system company for you. If you are going to choose a security system company, there are ways to ensure that you are getting what you pay for.
Choose a service that is reputable and has a name
The best home security system is going to be the one with the best reputation. If you want to make sure that your family and belongings are truly safe, then you can’t be completely guided by price. Finding a company that is known in the business is the best way to protect yourself. If you want to know who is considered industry-wide to have great service, you can call your homeowner’s insurance carrier. They not only will be able to recommend someone, but they might also actually offer you a discount if you go with a specific security company.
Contact at least three different companies to get quotes, find out what they are offering and how they would go about setting up a security system for you. Just make sure that whoever you consult is registered with the Better Business Bureau and that they do background checks on their employees. If they don’t do background checks on their employees, you might unwittingly be giving a criminal, the keys to enter your home.
Make sure you know the cost
Ask up front about the price of service and make sure that there aren’t any hidden fees. Often a company will quote you one price, but then you get the bill and are shocked by the additional charges. Make sure that you know exactly what it will cost before you have them install their equipment and it becomes too late. Also, call and see if you can get a break on your insurance because you are hiring a specific company; it never hurts to ask.
Additional things to consider
You will also want to ask how much it will cost monthly, if there are any contracts you have to sign, and how long you will have to use their service. You also need to know if there is a charge for quitting early. Specifics like what they are going to do if you are dissatisfied with the service and, if the company is bought out, how your monitoring with them could be affected, are all things that you should include in your questioning.
State of the art?
Check out the type of technology they use and do your research to ensure that it is the best in the business. The company that you are hiring is only going to be as good as the technology that they employ around your home or office.
If someone is using high-pressure sales tactics, that is never a good sign. You want to feel comfortable with the security company that you hire. If someone is making you feel like you have to make a decision immediately, there is usually a reason. They want you to sign on the dotted line before you are allowed to learn the truth or do some investigating. Never sign anything before you give it some thought, and never ever if someone is making you feel pressured.
If something sounds too good to be true, you can almost always assume that it is. Of course everyone wants a deal, but when it comes to the security of your home or business, a deal could end up costing you everything.
Remember you are hiring a security systems company to keep your home and family secure. Before you hire anyone, make sure that you do your research, understand the costs involved, don’t succumb to high-pressure tactics, and make an informed choice with the company that has the latest in technology. If you go about choosing the right way, you can sleep well at night knowing that you, and everything you love, are protected.