Basically what matters most is the degree of home automation, the setup procedure and the monitoring choices. There are many home security systems to select from and this requires careful consideration. The best way to come to a good decision is by answering these questions.
- Do you own or rent your property?
- Will you require remote access and what are the alternatives?
- Are cameras necessary?
- Are you going to move anytime soon?
- Do you need more than a burglar alarm system?
- Does the security system and company have a good reputation?
These simple Questions will guide you to the choice of home security and ensure you get precisely what you require. You will discover that most home security systems include extra features that you don’t need and most likely will never use! Being a smart shopper will help you save money and plenty of headache. Just do your homework properly.
After Answering the above questions, its time to go into the true home security system options and receive the best that suits your needs or that you prefer. This is a summarised list of features to always keep an eye out for when investing in a home security system.
Cost of system and maintenance – This covers purchasing the equipment, installation and monthly tracking subscription costs. You need to take into account the purchase price of the equipment as well as the installation cost that comes with the home security system bought. Some wireless security systems require a simple DIY, but you can also hire a handyman in case your DIY skills never developed! Make sure that you make the best bargain as you’ll get different quotes for the same thing.
Installation – the next thing you should consider is the installation requirements and procedure. While some simple systems installations are DIY, you may need to employ a third-party professional handyman and pay by the hour to have it fixed properly. Otherwise most security companies will perform the installation for you which is billed as part of the total cost.
Monitoring – the way your home security system is monitored is very important. There are essentially 3 ways that monitoring channels can be installed. Cellular monitoring which is the safest option but also most expensive, phone line and web which is the cheapest of the three. Also, self-monitoring may be a good idea but not always the best option.
Home Automation – this is one feature that has gained popularity recently. Please note that you will want to pay extra for this. Basically what this will do for you is allow you to control the safety equipment as you’re out of the home. You can have the ability to view live or recorded CCTV camera feeds and disarm or arm the alarm from wherever you’re through your smartphone or any other web enabled device. A system which supports various detection and sensor whilst allowing you extended control options is the best.
Contracts – always remember to read the fine print. Examine the length of the contract and the terms before signing anything. Also confirm whether the contract covers things such as transferring the system to your new home in case you need to move.
Warranty On Equipment – you’ll want to consider this very keenly before buying any security or home monitoring system. Most security companies offer a warranty covering free replacements or repairs for a certain period of time. Confirm the warranty information to avoid any future problems and read the small print.
Remote Access – a great home security system will Also allow you to have remote access either through mobile apps or internet based dashboard.
Whatever alarm system you require it always [pays to ask an expert in this field to ensure you get the right systems for your requirements. Many good security companies will give free advice on the best system for your needs. But it usually pays to get several quotes to ensure you are getting the best advice.