How to Choose a Good Alarm System


Are you in the market for a new alarm system for your home? If so, there are many decisions you will need to make. By knowing a few tricks of the trade, you can better educate yourself and feel more secure about your new alarm system purchase.

Ask for recommendations.

Ask your family and friends whom they used to install the alarm system in their home or office. Chances are you will know someone close to you that will not mind giving you a demo of how their security system works. If you like what you see, and the company comes with high recommendations, consider contacting that company for an estimate. If you do not know anyone with an alarm system or can’t get any recommendations from anyone you know, use the internet as a guide to read reviews and look up information on potential alarm companies.

Educate yourself.

Do you know the difference between a hardwired and a wired alarm system? A wired alarm system is an alarm system that has wires ran from each alarm device back to a main control panel. A wireless system uses battery-powered alarm devices that do not need to be wired to a control panel. Both types of systems do a good job at safeguarding homes; personal preference is often the reason someone would choose one over the other.

Another reason is cost. Alarm devices, whether hardwired or wireless, are similar in price. However, if you are having a professional install your system, labor costs will be much higher for a wired system because of the labor involved in such installation. Wireless systems are easier and faster to install, thus resulting in lower labor costs.

Get more than one estimate.

Even if an alarm company comes with high recommendations, you want to still get at least a few estimates for your new alarm system. By doing so, you can shop around prices and services for the best deal possible. When getting estimates, make sure you are not just looking for the lowest price, but also getting a feel for the company itself.

Buying an alarm system for your home is a big decision, and you should only choose a company you feel comfortable with. There is no use going for the lowest priced company if you do not trust them. Remember, alarm systems are for your security, you will not feel secure with an untrustworthy company.

Include all household members in the process.

If you live with others, chances are they will be using the alarm system too. You want to get an alarm system that not only you are comfortable with using but others in the house are too. There is no use getting an alarm system if nobody is familiar or feels uncomfortable using it. By being home when an alarm sales representative comes out, everyone can ask questions and get their concerns addressed—all in one shot. Take notes while the rep is still there. You will want to look back on them when it comes time to narrow down your choices.

Make your final decision.

Once you have gotten a few estimates for your new home alarm system, it is now time to make your decision. Look over all estimates and compare the products and services offered, as well as any installation costs. Compare all information that was presented to you by the representatives from all alarm companies.

Get your new alarm system monitored.

Alarm monitoring is one of the most effective burglary deterrents today. Monitoring fees can be as low as $1 a day (or less) and is worth paying for the peace of mind alone. Be careful though with alarm monitoring contracts. Make sure you thoroughly read before signing as sometimes the terms can be a little tricky.

Be present for the alarm installation.

If you work, try to take the day off or schedule an installation on a day you know you will be home. That way you can be present to ask any questions or be there if a problem arises. Make sure to ask the alarm installer to instruct you how to use the alarm system and do a thorough test of it before he leaves.

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jasonjason – who has written posts on Home Tips Plus.
I'm a father of three, married and a home owner since 2006. I've worked in fixing up homes and rental properties.

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