Homeownership comes with a lot of responsibilities.
One of those responsibilities is keeping your beautiful
hard earned home, all your possessions, and your family
safe from the villains and burglars that plot to destroy
your investments. Every day you toil away at your job,
working hard to provide for your home and give it grand
big screen TV’s, nice furnishings, and even the
occasional splurge like double paned low energy
But then one day you hear of other homes who have been
broken into and wonder just what a homeowner like you
should do to protect your home and you decide that a new
home security alarm system is right for you.
Follow this checklist and you will not make the 7 common
mistakes homeowners make when purchasing a home
1. Don’t be impulsive. Yes, half the neighborhood has
been broken into and you’re shaking in your boots that
you are next, but if you act with impulse you will get
duped by a sales guy and be unhappy in the end.
Research shows that homeowners who are happy with
their home security system use their home security
system which is why you’re buying one in the first place.
2. Don’t over shop. Sometimes customers get
so caught up in finding the best deal that they just run
circles around themselves. While you don’t want to make
a quick decision, spending time over shopping for an
alarm systems waste your time and all the deals will just
meld together I your head by the time you decide on a
3. Don’t trust the sales guy. Hey, he’s there to sell you
something right? So take what he has to say with a grain
of salt. Better yet. When you call the company and get an
initial phone quote if all the numbers sound good to you,
then just ask them to send of the installer instead.
He’ll do a better security analysis of your home and won’t
upcharge you if you decide to add equipment.
4. Don’t be uneducated. Learn about security products
before you buy them. What does a contact do compared
to a motion? What is a glass break detector and will it be
a good fit in your home? Find out what’s what and
you’ll be better able to make a decision.
5. Don’t be cheap. I know the economy this and
the economy that. I get it. Stretching a dollar is number
one priority in my house too, but if you cut all the corners
off you won’t have any quality left. Be realistic about
your budget and find a reputable company to discuss your
budget and needs with. Maybe there is a middle
ground solution where your security needs are met and
you stay within budget.
6. Don’t become an alarm installer. This goes along with
being cheap. There are a lot of DIY alarm systems
available to homeowners. While some home projects are
manageable for non-professionals, this is just not one of
them. Alarm systems are made of several components,
wires, signals, and features that a DIY project will never
come close to the real thing.
7.Don’t forget to read the fine print. Some companies
have 2, 3 even 5 year contracts. Some contracts auto-
renew locking you in for another period while other
companies offer no contracts at all Some companies offer
a lifetime service plan with a trip fee while others
will charge you any price they feel like even for simple
fixes like replacing a battery. Most companies that ask
you to sign a contract also have early termination fees.
Find out all the details before you sign on the bottom line.
These terms shouldn’t deter you from choosing a
company you feel great
about, but you should know what you’re getting
Now that you have your checklist in hand you are
ready to start interviewing local alarm companies.
A great place to start is on the BBB website so you know
that the company you’re reviewing already has a good
standing. Next, don’t forget to do your own
research on equipment, local alarm standards, and
perform your own security analysis. Go out and conquer
the bad villains and protect your home and family.