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Choosing a Home Security Company

Are you in the market for purchasing a home security system? If so, do you plan on having your system continually monitored? Before running out and selecting any security company, be careful to select one that is dependable and fair. It’s important to pay attention to leases because certain companies will make you sign a contract, but if you are not happy with the service than you are stuck with that company for however long the contract states. Make sure you do your research and ask important questions to ensure that you are doing business with a company you trust.

Below are some important questions to ask any perspective security company before you sign anything:

How long have they been in business? This is an important question to ask because you want to avoid signing a contract with a company that may fold up and disappear on you. Your best bet is to go with a company that has been in business for five or more years.

Does the company have all the appropriate licenses? Check to see what licenses your state requires from security companies. For instance, some states require special alarm-contractor licenses and they may also require security companies to have a low-voltage electrical license. Does your prospective company have any of these? Legit security companies will not have a problem showing you their licenses.

Is the company bonded and insured? Unless you plan on paying for the damages made during installation, you better find out if the company is bonded and insured. It should be their responsibility to make repairs if any damage occurs on your property when they are installing your home security system.

Do they do background checks when hiring employees? It helps to have a good idea of who is working within the company. If background checks have been made to their current employees then the chances of the people installing your equipment being reliable are higher.

Does the home security company own their own monitoring service? Find out if the company owns their own monitoring service and if they do then find out the location of where this service takes place. Is it local? At this time you should also ask if the home security monitoring service is listed with the Underwriters Laboratories.

Are you required to lease the home security system? Ask them if you would be required to lease their home security system? They may sell them outright. It is important for you to ask so that you know what you're committing to.

How long is the warranty good for and what does it cover? In case problems arise it is important to know how long you are covered under warranty and what specific problems are covered.

How much will everything cost you? It is important to not only find out what the sales and installation will cost, but also how much the monthly monitoring service costs. Be sure to ask whether it will be a set price or if it will vary overtime.

If you have any other general questions or concerns, do not hesitate to ask your salesman. They should know the products extremely well and be able to offer you recommendations. But keep in mind that they will be pushing you toward their product because they are most likely working on commission.

It often helps to ask friends and neighbors for recommendations of home security companies in your area. They will be able to tell you what has worked well for them. You should also try asking your insurance agent. If you still don't know where to start looking, check with the National Burglar & Fire Alarm Association for a list of companies in your area.

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