Making the choice to include a home security system for your family as part of your household is a big decision. The next and possibly even bigger decision is choosing which home security provider will be monitoring your home.
Some homeowners choose to go the DIY route and install their home alarm system themselves. There are pros and cons with do-it-yourself projects, of course, especially if you’ve never done one before and have no previous knowledge of electrical wiring, equipment and carpentry. You could save money if you’re well-versed in what you’re doing, but you won’t have 24-hour monitoring from a professional security company like you would when you sign up with a home monitoring company.
What do you want in a home security company?
Of course every homeowner wants a reliable, dependable home alarm company with a trustworthy reputation. This doesn’t mean they have to be a recognized national brand, but there’s a reason why their names are so familiar. Smaller, family-owned companies may not be able to offer you all the features and capabilities you want in a security system, but it’s always a good idea to research all the potential companies you’re considering.
Here are a few important things to consider when looking for the best provider for your needs:
Price: You may have a budget in mind for the total amount you want to spend on equipment, installation and monthly monitoring fees. However, the technology and features you want could also affect the cost, so first decide what’s more important – the amount of money you want to spend or the features and technology that you definitely want to incorporate into your home alarm system.
Features/Technology: Some security systems include essential equipment that gets the job done with minimal technology and equipment. However, if you want all the bells and whistles and the newest industry technology, you may end up paying more upfront and each month for it. Many home alarms also have both wireless and hard-wired
Recommendations: Word of mouth and personal references are always a guaranteed way to get inside information about the different providers you’re comparing. But if you don’t know anyone personally who owns or uses a certain company’s service, you should still diligently research them to find out as much information as possible before signing a contract for home monitoring services. Online reviews are a good place to start because you’ll find customer testimonials and consumer reviews. Check out the Better Business Bureau, too, for reliable information.
The decision is ultimately yours, but make sure to do as much research and ask around as much as possible before choosing the right home security provider for you.