So, you’ve decided you’re going to get a home security system? Good on you for being a responsible homeowner who is willing to protect their investment. However, before you start signing contracts and handing over money, there are some important considerations you should keep in mind. Because not all security systems are created equal, and you need to know what you’re buying before you agree to the terms.
Tip #1: Buy Your System (Don’t Take “Free” Offers)
Buying your security system outright can come with a bit of sticker shock. According to Clark, the average price for a system is $600-$800, with installation and additional fees tacked onto that number. That seems high, but in the long run, you save money because a “free” system tends to come with hikes in service fees or long-term contracts that can eat a much bigger hole in your wallet.
Tip #2: Read Your Monitoring Agreement
It’s comforting to know that someone is watching over your house, especially if you’re at work or away on vacation. But you should take a moment to read the fine print and see what your monitoring service is (and just as importantly, isn’t) looking for. Because while break-ins are definitely something you want to be monitored, you also want to be sure the system is monitoring for fires and other hazards. The more complete the threats your system can detect, the better off you’ll be.
Tip #3: Avoid Long-Term Contracts
It’s best to get to know your monitoring service before you agree to stick with them for several years. So avoid security systems that come with mandatory long-term contracts. Be particularly suspicious of companies that don’t offer a physical copy of your contract, and which present a tablet or other mobile device where the font is too small to adequately read. Always know what you’re signing, and ask any questions you have before you put your name on the dotted line.
These are just a few tips to keep in mind when it comes to buying a security system for your home. For more helpful advice, please contact us today!