How to Choose A Home Security Company
If you're planning to buy a continually monitored home
security system, you need to be careful selecting a security
company. Many of them require leases, so it may be difficult to
get out of a signed contract if it doesn't turn out to be what
you expected. Leases are fine, as long as you know what you're
getting into. In order to select a home security company that is
dependable and fair, consider asking some of the following
questions to any perspective company before you sign anything:
How long have they been in business? Try to find a home security
company that's been around for at least five years, thus
suggesting they won't fold up and disappear anytime soon.
Does the company have all the proper licenses? For instance, do
they have a low-voltage electrical license? Some states require
special alarm-contractor licenses; does the company have one?
Ask to see their license numbers so you can verify their
information. If they are legit, a home security company should
have no problem giving you this information.
Is the company bonded and insured? They should be responsible
for repairs if any damage occurs on your property when they are
installing your home security system.
Find out if they do background checks when hiring employees.
Does the home security company own their own monitoring service
and where is it located? Is it local?
Is the home security monitoring service listed with the
Would you be required to lease their home security system or do
they sell them outright? Both options have pros and cons, and it
is important you know what you're committing to.
How long is the warranty good for and what does it cover?
How much does the monthly monitoring service cost in addition to
sales and installation cost? Is it a set price or do the fees
These are just some questions you should consider when
purchasing from a home security company. When it comes down to
selecting an alarm system, listen to what the salesman has to
recommend. He or she should know the products extremely well.
But remember, they are usually working on commission, so don't
get suckered into buying a lot of unnecessary extras.
If you don't know where to start looking for a home security
company, check with the National Burglar & Fire Alarm
Association for a list of companies in your area. Try asking
friends or neighbors for referrals of home security companies in
your area. Your insurance agent may also be able to recommend