Considerations To Keep In Mind While Pricing A Home Security System

July 22nd, 2020

A home security system is a beneficial investment. It helps protect your Chico property from burglary, fire, home intrusions, and other environmental disasters. It also ensures that you and your family are safe all year round. However, some may be taken aback by the cost when it comes to investing in a home security system. 

Today, we will go over some considerations to keep in mind while pricing a home security system. With advances in technology, home security systems are becoming more attainable and affordable than ever. So don't push the idea away without looking into these factors first.

Professional Monitoring

Monitored home security systems have people monitoring your home 24/7, so they can alert you and emergency responders immediately if the alarm system is triggered. These fast reaction times can save your home and protect your property.

The security company typically charges a standard fee per month for this service. Before saying no to professional monitoring, it is important to consider the benefits it provides. 

Security Equipment Costs

The next price consideration would be for the security equipment your Chico home requires. The equipment costs include the security cameras, doorbell cameras, and motion sensors you choose, along with any other features you prefer. 

Many companies offer discounts and even allow you to lease equipment if you need to. Before purchasing any equipment, figure out what your exact needs are so you don't overbuy. It would help if you also determined how many home security devices each control panel you have can accommodate at one time.

Professional Installation

Another cost is the professional installation for your new home security system. Some require a technician to come out to make sure everything is set up properly. However, there are some systems that the homeowner can install themselves quickly and easily, especially if it is a wireless system that does not require any drilling or wires to be run.

Smart Home Automation Costs

Some companies also offer smart home automation features and equipment such as smart locks and smart lights. You can typically take advantage of these additional features for a small fee.

System Activation

When pricing your home security system, don't forget to also factor in any fees that come with system activation. Many activation fees are included in the installation amount, but the prices can vary. Inquire about any activation fees you have to pay and if those fees cover all the equipment you want installed.

Home Security Contracts

Some companies have hidden fees and costs, and the only way to find these is by reading the fine print on the contract you are given. If there is something you don't understand, don't be afraid to ask the security company about it. You also need to have a good understanding of any monthly fees, activation, and other home security costs that are involved in your new system.

If you are looking for clarity and transparency when it comes to pricing out the best home security system for your CA home, contact your local security experts today to go over all of your options. 

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John M.

"In April of 2017, my husband and I made a phone call to Crime Free Living that turned out to be a smart and wise decision. Amazingly, in just a few hours, Tim installed four Dome Security Cameras, weatherproof enclosures, and hooked up into our home a 23" Full HD Widescreen Security Monitor. Even more than his professional expertise was the time spent with us in making sure that this system was working correctly and properly installed on our phones so that anywhere in our travels we can monitor our new home in Magalia."

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Gary D.

"I have known Tim for over 10 years. To date, Time with Crime Free Living has installed two separate surveillance systems for my company. With each system, Tim has listened to my needs and custom dsigned surveillance systems for my specific needs and within my budget. The equipment used is always state of the art, the workmanship is top notch, and Tim is the example of trustworthy. I would recommend him for any job."

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With 16 years of experience in law enforcement, Tim Truby, CEO, is fully certified in video surveillance and training.

  • Certified Advanced Crime Prevention Specialist
  • Academy Instructor Certification
  • California POST Certification in Specialized Surveillance Equipment
  • California POST Certification in Basic Crime Prevention
    • Advanced Crime Prevention through Environmental Design
    • Certified Alibi Security Dealer
    • Enhanced Risk and Threat Assessment (FEMA)
    • Incident Command System (100 & 200)
    • Certified Cognitech Video Forensic Investigator
    • Neighborhood Watch Toolkit Trainer
    • Computer Crimes/Investigations
    • Domestic Crisis for Crisis Negotiators