Home alarm systems are sort of like insurance. It’s not an instant need for most people until it is too late and there has been a home invasion. The alarm companies put a large emphasis on criminals never taking breaks and things to make you fear and to buy. Now while they would love for you to quickly buy there system, here are a few things you should consider before you do.
Are You in It for the Long Haul?
The average contract length for security companies is 3 years. Some have jumped it up to 60+ months too. That is a long time! When you commit to buy just because you saw someone scary walking by your home, make sure you consider the long term purchase your are committing too. Contract values can be $3,000-5,000 but when you are buying it you are only thinking of the small monthly fee it appears to be. Think of where you are going to be geographically in 3-5 years and make sure the company services that area. If not, you could be stuck with a cancellation fee or a moving service fee.
Consumers are more savvy than ever before and they like to hop on Google and review things. Well it wouldn’t hurt you to review several companies out there. Alarm Reviews is the best place I have found and they compare the major companies such as Protection One. Make sure you agree with the company’s history, community involvement and their prices. You don’t want to have to buy your way out of a contract because you didn’t do enough proof reading prior to your purchase.
Do your best to stay away from the rushed mentality that security companies can make you feel to buy their system. You should be committed to the long term contract and be happy with the company you chose after some good research.