Thanks to the evolution of technology and smart devices, homeowners now have an incredible number of options for security systems in their homes. Whatever your needs or your budget, there are options out there for you…but this creates another problem: Which security choice is the right one for you and your home? So many options and plans can get overwhelming. We’re going to help out by focusing on a few different considerations that everyone should think about before buying.
When choosing a home security system, you need to decide whether or not you want monitoring. Monitoring essentially connects your system with a real-life response center on the other side that watches for alerts and can contact authorities if necessary. With today’s mobile alerts and immediate action options, monitoring isn’t as important as it once was – but it’s still a great addition for extra-fast response that can make a great difference in the case of a fire or burglary. However, it does come with a monthly fee you’ll have pay, which is a consideration when trying to save money. While many home security systems have monitoring options, not everyone offers it, and not all monitoring is the same.
Another contract option you may be interested in is a maintenance contract with a security company, which essentially pays for the security company to come out periodically and make sure that devices are working, that batteries are replaced, and so on.
Thanks to a tremendous variety of smart security devices, you can get the exact features you want in a security system, but you need to know what those features are! Do you want alarms with motion sensors at windows and doors? Do you want indoor or outdoor security cams that turn on when they detect motion? Do you want mics on those cams you can conduct conversations through them? Do you want smart door locks you can monitor and control from an app? What smoke and flood monitoring?
There are a lot of choices here, so it’s important to look at the devices available and choose what you want. Then you can start looking for a brand or platform that has all the options you want.
Customer Service Experience
From discussing your security needs to managing the installation, customer service can be a very important part of your experience, even if you want your security system to be as DIY as possible. When looking at companies, remember to read up on reviews, check their testimonials, and get an idea of how their customer service is.
We already talked about the ongoing costs involving contracts, which tend to be around $10 to $15 per month. However, you should also consider initial costs of installations. Today’s wireless security devices can help lower installation costs but aren’t always the best option in every case. Here, we advise you to have a very clear idea of all the security features that you want and then pursue quotes from security companies for comparison.
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