If you want to ensure that your home is safe and well-protected one of the best option for you is to buy a home security system.
These come in a variety of designs and prices and have some substantial benefits, such as warning you of intruders, notifying authorities in case of emergency, monitoring of gasses, smoke and pressure in the property and in some cases video surveillance.
Some of the more advanced systems could also connect to your lighting or heating systems and allow you to control them through your computer or smart phone. At DG Locksmiths Glasgow & Edinburgh we are an experienced provider of home security systems and can help you find the best alternative for your property. To help you with this challenging process we created a guide that contains the key steps you should undertake when selecting a supplier and a security system for your home.
Step 1: Generate a list of companies
The first substantial task in the process of buying a home security system is to research the potential suppliers. You can check online and in phone books for companies providing these services in your area in order to generate a list of providers. You can also ask friends and family that have already used similar services to recommend a supplier.
Step 2: Gather references
Once you get a list of potential companies try to gather as much information as possible from family, friends, co-workers, neighbours or the companies’ current clients so that you learn what service people received. Some key questions include:
- Was the equipment installed on time?
- Was the system clearly explained to everyone in the property?
- If there was an intrusion, did the system work properly?
You can also check the companies online. This involves their reputation, the feedback they receive from their customers and any general information that you find useful to make your decision. You should also check if the supplier has a license for installing a security system.
Step 3: Get quotations and information
Contact several companies and ask them to provide you with quotations and more information on the security systems they offer. The companies should provide you with an assessment of your needs and should be able to recommend what kind of security system is most suitable for your home. They should also be able to answer all your questions, so do not forget to ask them the following:
- Who is responsible for the installation and monitoring of the security system?
- How long is the monitoring period and are there any penalties in case of early termination? What happens if you move out before the end of the contract?
- What expenses are involved in the monitoring and how often will you be billed?
- How and how soon after will you be notified in the case of the alarm sounding?
- If the alarm sounds will you be notified before the police?
- Is there a back-up battery in case the power goes out?
- What is covered by your warranty and for what period?
- Who is accountable for upgrades or repairs of the security system?
These are just a few of the questions you should have in mind when selecting your supplier. You could also check the other security system services offered by the company including remote control, email notifications or apps for smart phones.
Step 4: Read the contract carefully
Once you have selected a company to provide your home security system make sure that you read the contract very carefully. Check if all verbal agreements and promises have been included in the written contract. The contract should include the installation price, the monitoring fee, the length of the contract, any discounts, a written warranty, a manual, a detailed explanation of the right to cancel and the applicable cancellation forms. The data and the contact details of the seller should also be present.
Step 5: Required registrations
Make sure that you know what further steps you are required to take. Do you need to register the security system with the police or the fire department? Are there any fines for false alarms?
DG Locksmiths Glasgow & Edinburgh
If you are interested in buying a home security system in the central belt of Scotland then DG Locksmiths Glasgow & Edinburgh are the partner you need. As locksmith specialist providing services in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Paisley, Falkirk and the area, we have extensive experience with home security systems and their installation. If you are ready to get professional advice and quality service on how to protect your home contact us and we will help.