4 Questions to Ask Yourself While Shopping for a Home Security System

Purchasing home security system can be confusing with variety of options to choose from. But before you make a choice, here are some questions to ask yourself while shopping for a home security system.

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Below are 4 questions to ask yourself when shopping for a home security system:

What type of equipment do I need?

I would suggest creating a map of your home. The majority of home break-ins occur via the front door so that is one area that you will not want to skimp. We suggest using a door sensor to monitor ALL doors that lead to the exterior including doors that lead to a garage zone. We also suggest protecting all ground floor windows with an open/close sensor but this may not be feasible from a cost perspective depending upon the number of windows you have. If you have a large room with a lot of windows you might want to consider a glass break sensor or a motion detector. These two pieces of equipment can work together or alone and will lower your total cost of ownership for rooms with lots of windows. Finally, you may want to consider video surveillance that can connect to your system or even a self-monitored device that you can check using a cell app. Source: SecurityGem

What’s your budget?

The first question you should ask yourself is how much you want to spend on your home security system. If your budget is limited, you may not want to pay for professional installation or monitoring services. Installation fees plus three years of monitoring, for example, can range from $2,000 to more than $4,000.
In addition to installation fees and monitoring costs, consider the price of additional equipment and home automation features. Adding security cameras, sensors, and other smart devices will increase the cost of your system. While all the bells and whistles may seem nice, if they don’t fit in your budget, they may not be worth considering. But having a small budget isn’t the end of the world: basic alarm systems can be purchased for as little as $20, so there’s something to fit any budget. Source: Safewise

How Long Do You Plan on Living in Your House?

Security system contracts can be up to ten years. If you’re planning on selling your home in the next two to three years, you should pay attention to the fine print. Some companies offer a moving program, which allows you to bring the equipment and contract with you when you move.
If you’re planning on moving soon, you should think like a renter and opt for a system that allows you to own your own equipment. That way, you won’t even need to worry about a moving clause. You can just pick up and go. Source: Brightnest

When’s the Right Time to Buy?

Once you’ve chosen the type of system or alarm that’s best for you, we recommend doing your homework. There are often move-in rates available if you’re a new homeowner, and possibly deals offered throughout the year. Source: LinkedIn

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