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Everyone wants the best products out there, but they want to save money all the same. The same rule applies to home security systems. But, how does the home owner know that they are getting the best for their money? There are quite a number of products out there. Companies offer quite a number of plans with their systems. With such a big market for home security systems out there, how can consumers get the best and save money all the same? Good news is that the search does not have to be so terrifying. Protect America suggests that everyone sits down and ask themselves the following three questions.

  • What Plans is the Home Owner Looking for?
  • What Features Come with Plan?
  • What are Other Consumers Saying?

What Plans is the Home Owner Looking for?

When a person moves into a new place or starts a new business, it is natural to try and protect it at all costs. They will try to get insurance and by security systems. That is where the planning begins. Where is the right place to start? As Consumer Affairs puts it,

Before shopping for a home security system, you have to decide what level of protection you need.

Different home security companies offers many plans at varying prices.  The question is how security will be needed.  There are four types of security systems: smart, wireless, wired, and monitored. According to Consumer Affairs, the basic home security system costs $32. The extras are usually the one thing that would pile up on the costs. Those include installation fees,  more security cameras and sensors, maintenance, and activation fees and monthly alarm monitoring fees. If the home owner is not careful, they could end up draining their bank account before they know it. Consumer Affairs says, “Consumers report paying between $500-$1500 to get their residential alarm systems fully up and running”. The best way to prevent this from is to do the homework. Research and compare each plan from each company. Consider what type of protection is needed around the home and business. Will the fees be worth the cost? Once everything is thought through, go ahead and make the purchase.

What Features Come with Plan?

All home security companies have different plans that come with security systems. Some plans offer live and recorded video feed. Others offer real time recording. Some allow the security systems to be Alexia, Siri, or other voice command-friendly.  There is even offers for professional installation and live help. However, there are types where these features can up racking up costs before the home owners can see it. In some cases, some features are just not worth it in the long run. When looking at the pros in a plan, also take the time to look at the cons as well. Is the downside heavier than the positives? Are the extra features really needed to make the family that much safer? Are they going to end up draining more out of the bank account? Again, the best way to answer those questions is to do the research with extensive care.


What are Other Consumers Saying?

The best way to compare the prices and quality of a home security system is to read the reviews of other consumers. What are they saying about a home security system? What do they think about the prices and the features? Reviews can make or break a product. Sites like the Consumer Report always take the time to test and review different products. One example is their piece of door locks. They ran tests on conventional deadbolts and smart locks. They give information on how to pick the right door lock. Plus, other people have sent reviews about different products. Consumer Affairs also offers reviews for different products. It cannot be stressed enough to do the homework. It does not take too much time to look at what people are saying about a home security system. These reviews could help save money and get the most out of a person’s buck.

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