If you think this is going to be a tutorial on how to install your own home security system, think again! Installing a home security system is tedious work that should only be done by a certified professional.
However, that doesn’t mean you can just sit back and relax while a pro does all the work. Instead, you’ve got to focus on a few things of your own, like:
- The differences between a wired and wireless security system
Chances are you’ve already gone over the differences when it comes to how these two types of systems perform. But what about the differences in the installation process? Have you given those any thought?
Installing a wired home security system is much more invasive, because your installer has to go into the walls and set everything up internally. That means the process will take longer, which also means it will cost more.
- The cost
We’ve talked about how wired systems cost more to get up and running, but how much money are we really talking? The specific cost will depend on how advanced your system is and how large your home is, but count on spending a few hundred dollars (or more) by the time all is said and done.
Before you being installing your home security system, though, make sure your alarm company isn’t going to charge you any hidden fees. Talk to your company beforehand so that you know exactly what you’re responsible for paying.
- The setup
If you’re installing a home security system that isn’t cellular-based, make sure you won’t need a dedicated landline for it. Chances are you won’t, but you need to get a concrete answer before your installer arrives, as opposed to when he’s standing in your living room!
- The documentation
Did you know that installing a home security system can save you up to 20% on your home insurance premiums? However, you’re going to need to present some kind of documentation to your insurance company. Ask your installer if a receipt from him will suffice, or if there’s some other special type of document that you need.
- The family-proofing
A dog chasing his favorite toy in the middle of the night can turn your home into a sea of false alarms. So, before your installer leaves, make sure that you know how to “family-proof” your alarm system. That way, you won’t have to worry about any mishaps!