New Homeowner’s Guide to Home SecurityYou’ve worked hard to save up for your new home. Whether it is a new build or just new to you, it represents a goal you reached. It is a proud moment to move in with your family, small or large. As you look around, you realize that you are now responsible for keeping the home and family safe. The most rational thing to do is to install a home security system. The FBI reports that there were an estimated 1,117,696 burglaries in 2019. The victims of these burglaries lost about $3 billion in property loss. Protecting your home is not something to take lightly. In addition, your homeowner’s insurance could give you a discount of up to 20%. Let’s list some things to look for when you are shopping for a home security company.
What Are You Protecting?There are a few things to consider before you start looking over the home security companies in your area. Ask yourself the following questions for a quick evaluation, and make notes for when you start making phone calls.
- What is the size of your home?
- How is your neighborhood? High crime? Rarely?
- What kind of assets are in the home? (ex. expensive investment items like paintings, jewelry, etc.)
- What is the age of your family? (ex. seniors, kids, pets, single)
- Do you want to add smart home devices?
- o you want to use a wireless or wired system?
- Do you want it self-monitored or company monitored?
- Do you need it professionally installed or a DIY system?
- What is your budget?
Finding the Right Home Security CompanyAs just stated, good home security companies will look at your list and work with it when putting together the best system for your home. Always read the fine print.
- How long has the company been in business?
- What do the online reviews say about them?
- Do you need to sign a contract?
- If so, is there an early termination fee?
- Is there a fee for installation or activation?
- Do they use the latest equipment?
- Can smart home technology be integrated into the system?
- How far away is the monitoring company?
- If you move, do you take the equipment with you?