If you are looking for an alarm system for your residence, you have a lot of choices as far as companies to choose from and options. Choosing a residential security system is a an investment and should not be taken lightly. Ask your family, friends or neighbors who they used for their alarm services and see get some feedback on their experiences.
If you look online or in the phone book, you will find thousands of alarms companies just in your area alone. The first thing you want to do is look for a company that is licensed and insured. You don’t just want anybody coming out to your home-especially since the whole point of doing this is to secure your home.
You want a professional and someone who knows what they are doing. If you can even get a salesman who may also be a technician or was a technician that has actually worked in the field-that would be ideal. They will not try to sell you what you don’t need and will be knowledgeable to what you will need and can maybe give you better options. I know that wont always be the case but there are a lot of great technicians out there who wont try and sell you what you really don’t need just to make more commission.
On that note, I would also say there are a lot of good salesman out there in the industry that don’t have any tech field experience but do know their product. But of course, like with any industry there are a few bad seeds out there that will try to get you to buy all kinds of things you don’t need and sign ridiculous contracts-don’t fall prey to them. Take my information on here and use it wisely. That is another reason why I suggest getting feedback from people you know before just calling the first name that comes to mind in the phone book.
Call a couple of companies out, get free estimates and choose wisely. Remember the information we went over in the previous post about the glass breaks and motion detectors for what they call “your openings”. Also while the representative from the company is out-see if they offer other services such as carbon monoxide detectors, smoke detectors, panic alarms and remotes to disarm and arm your alarm from outdoors. These are extra options but sometimes they really come in handy. They also shouldn’t be much extra to add to your system.
If the budget permits, get what you can now but if you can’t, make sure they are selling you something you can add on to later. For example, if you get a wireless alarm system, will you have enough room on the wireless receiver to add more zones if you decide to add a remote or something else later?
This is just a summary but gives you an idea on what to expect when choosing an alarm system for your home.