Choosing the right home alarm system is not as easy as it seems to be. There are a few questions which you should ask yourself before you spend your hard-earned money on a system, which is intended to protect your family and your valuables. Because of the important role, that a home alarm system has in giving you enough security, it’s crucial not to neglect a few essential things. If you follow the below steps, you can be sure that your investment will serve you well.
1. What is your budget?
The first thing you should do is consider your budget and see what you can afford. While you can get a very cheap system – some cost as little as 25 or 30 bucks – if that’s all you have, it’s much better to wait until you can get 5 – 10 times that, to completely secure family and your house. There are of course systems, which have a lot of features and can be bought for pennies, but they will require you to sign a contract and pay an installation fee (+ monthly). In this case, you should consider which option is better for you and whether you want to stay with a company for some time and look if the system offered fulfills all your unique requirements as you will be unable to change it anytime soon.
2. Read the small print
Make sure that you read the small print, especially if you’re buying a home alarm system with a contract. Many companies like to advertise their home alarm systems as inexpensive and then hide extra costs inside the contract which you will have to pay if you sign it. This practice will sometimes make you resign at the very last moment but it is usually for the best.
3. Ask for friend’s recommendations and look up online
Before you make a final decision, ask your friends for recommendations or look online for reviews and opinions. Of course, make sure that you look for online reviews only on the reputable websites so that no one pushes you and sells you overpriced garbage. If you have friends who are themselves using a home alarm system, they are most likely your best shot as they can share with you an honest feedback without any sales hype.
4. Check what you get with the alarm
Make sure that you get all the features with the alarm that you need. Moreover, consider all the features which you need before you even start looking for an alarm system, as it’s best to have a specific list of requirements before you start searching. There are different addons with every security system. You can get carbon monoxide and fire detectors; get yourself a panic button to be able to use it in critical situations, pressure mats to detect footsteps, motion sensors which will activate the alarm when there’s intruder walking around your property. Other things which you should pay attention to is leaks detector and CCTV cameras to allow you recording and monitoring of your house 24/7 – a great solution for people on the go as some systems allow you to use smartphones to help you watch what is happening at your house during your absence.