Choosing a security company can be an exciting time for you. However, that excitement can wear off quickly, especially if you don’t know what to look for in a good security company. Listed below are a few helpful tips that can help give you some pointers when choosing your new security company.
- Ask your friends, neighbors, or coworkers about the experiences they have with their security company.
Oftentimes, the best recommendations come by word-of-mouth. If someone has a good experience with a company or service—they are likely to tell others. Security companies are no different. If you get positive feedback when inquiring about a security company, contact that company to get an estimate. Recommendations from industry professionals such as the National Burglar and Fire Alarm Association (NBFAA) is also a great way to locate a reputable security company in your area.
- Make sure the home security company is licensed to do work in your area.
Some states require alarm installation companies to carry an alarm contractors license, while others require licensing for any low-voltage projects. An installation of an alarm system is considered a low voltage project. If you are not sure what is needed, ask your potential home security company for assistance. Any legit security company will play by the rules and will know what is needed to install your new security system.
- Choose a security company that is bonded and carries the applicable insurance.
This is an obvious one. If something bad should happen during the installation of your new security system – you want to be protected. All reputable home security companies should be bonded and insured. If the one you are considering is not—move on to the next security company that is.
- Don’t settle for final estimates over the phone.
It is easy to call a security company and tell them how many doors and windows you have and attempt to get a rough estimate that way. We all live busy lives and do not have time for multiple appointments to meet with representatives from each potential security company. However, rough estimates are meant to be just that—rough estimates. Any professional security company will tell you that in order to give you an accurate estimate, and one that will cover all openings, requires a visit to the site to make evaluations. Security systems are not one-size-fits-all. Take time out to go over your options with a representative from a reputable security company. You will be glad you did!
- Get at least a few estimates from different potential security companies.
You may have loved the ideas the first security company representative had for your home, but don’t sign up without listening to what others have to offer. Get at least three or four written estimates from potential security companies and take it from there.
- Listen to what the professionals have to say.
A security company is in the business to protect others. When you have a professional security company representative in your home—listen to what he has to say. Many times a professional who knows the industry will make recommendations and offer services that can increase your security. If you have questions about anything they are discussing, just ask.
- Ask if the security system the security company is installing is leased or if you will own it.
Many security companies offer leased security systems, while others offer systems that can be sold installed. It is important to ask what your potential security company offers.