What You Should Know In Order To Save Money On Home Security Part 2

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What You Should Know In Order To Save Money On Home Security: There Is More In Store For You

Welcome back we had covered some basic things to help you to save money on home security costs. If you have not read part 1, I would encourage to click to read some of the tips and you can return here to read the information that will be provided below.

 

What You Should Know In Order To Save Money On Home SecurityWhat You Should Know In Order To Save Money On Home Security: Is A Basic Security System For You?

 

The answer is probably not. Basic systems only cover your doors and are supplemented by the use of a motion detector. This detector is usually mounted in the main hallway to catch a burglar crossing the center of the home.

If they come through a bedroom window and never pass by the motion detector, the alarm system will never sound. Imagine being home at the time this happens.

Basic security systems are best used as a deterrent to a break in and to notify the authorities  an alarm condition exist.

Adding perimeter protection such as window contacts or glass break detectors should be high on the list of upgrades. These types of upgrades not only activate the alarm system instantly but also will give you  piece of mind while you are home.

 

What You Should Know In Order To Save Money On Home SecurityWhat You Should Know In Order To Save Money On Home Security: Protect Your Financial Interest Not Just Your Home

Get all quotes in writing and make sure the quote is a binding quote. At a minimum the following should be included in your contract.

Length of contract and if / how it renews.  Does it renew automatically? What type of notice do you have to give to terminate the monitoring agreement

Will your fee increase and is there a limit on the increase. If at all possible lock in your monitoring fee for the entire contract otherwise you could see an increase every year. Don’t be afraid to walk away on this point alone.

Do you own the equipment or is it a lease? A lease means lower initial installation cost but high monitoring fees.

 

What You Should Know In Order To Save Money On Home SecurityWhat You Should Know In Order To Save Money On Home Security: Warranty
Most of the alarm equipment comes with it’s own warranty in addition to what is offered by your company. Specify the warranty for each item so that you aren’t charged if it fails.
Also specify how long the warranty on labor is. Expect to pay some labor cost for replacing under warranty items.

 

 

What You Should Know In Order To Save Money On Home Security: Service Calls
Alarm technicians are usually well trained to diagnose and fix problems with your security system. Be prepared to pay in the neighborhood of $55 per hour. The fee can seem high when compared to your original installation cost but is not out of line. Think about how much you pay for your car or computer to be worked on.

How long is the response time to service your alarm system?
48 hours is a reasonable time.

Do they provide an installation certificate for your home owner’s insurance
Many insurance companies offer a discount for monitored home security systems.

 

What You Should Know In Order To Save Money On Home Security: Final Thoughts

Don’t Wait Until You Have A Break-In To Get An Alarm System!

You can replace most things but you may never replace your sense of security in your own home.

 

Take Care And God Bless

Greg “Da Spokesman” Stargell

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2 comments
PHC_BR
PHC_BR

You are right if you know you have a chance of getting robbed you should prepare your house. Great tips thanks for sharing.

sarwine
sarwine

Love these tips. Thanks for sharing.

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