Last week discussed 3
things you need to be aware of before purchasing a home security system.. Letâ€™s
discuss a few more.
System setup and monitoring costs
Equipment costs vary
widely, from around $250 to as much as $700, depending on the options you
choose. Some security companies may offer a basic package at a deep discount,
or even for free, just to get your business.
After all, they make their real money on the monthly monitoring fee, which
ensures that someone is keeping an eye on your home 24/7, even when youâ€™re not
around or out of town.
Choosing an installer
You may have a choice
between hiring a national firm or a local company. Do you want the monitoring
center to be in an entirely different state or just around the corner? The
national firms boast that their call centers are fully redundant, which means
if a center in Cambridge loses power, the center in Vancouver can pick up the
Some say, choose someone
in your area whoâ€™s been in the business at least 10 years. Â If you go local, however, itâ€™s smart to quiz
your provider about what provisions it has made in case, say, a blizzard shuts
down power or a bug going around your local schools sidelines half their staff.
In my years as a real estate agent, I have a few vendors I could recommend.
Wired or wireless?
Installing a basic
system usually takes a pro about three hours. Retrofitting an older home takes
more time, because the installer will have to snake wires for the keypad and
control panel though existing walls. (Sensors can be wired or wireless.)
Another option is to go completely wireless. In this case, every component of
the system, including the keypad and control panel, houses its own battery that
provides just enough power to enable it to communicate with a remote cellular
network.. Youâ€™ll need to check if this technology is available in your area. If
it is, you may pay slightly more to install it.
It is very important to
me to help find my clients a home but its just as important to help you after
youâ€™ve moved in. So that is why I wanted to write about this subject.
Next week we will wrap
up this series with a few more helpful tips on choosing your home security
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