Investing in a good home security system is vital for peace of mind and safeguarding your family, property and valuables. The marketplace is saturated with high-tech options, from motion detectors and covert cameras to wireless video surveillance. So how do you know where to begin, or how to determine which features are important for your security needs?
Ask yourself the following questions and, when you’re ready, reach out to Maryland Security Professionals and request a free home security audit. With decades of industry experience, we believe there is no “one size fits all” surveillance system, as every property has unique layouts, access points and security challenges. Some people want to install security cameras because they travel frequently, while others like the convenience of checking up on the baby-sitter, maintenance workers, or monitoring their pets while at work.
What’s my budget?
How much money do you want to invest in a home security system? If your funds are limited, you may opt out of using a 24/7 professional monitoring service and choose a surveillance system which records video on a DVR or NVR instead. Try and avoid making a decision based on price alone and purchase the best system your budget will allow. In the end, you get what you pay for. Lower-end security cameras may produce grainy footage or have limited night vision capabilities.
What features are important to me?
Do you need cameras installed inside the home or outside on the property? Do you want total control of your home security, or would you rather contract services out to a professional company? Do you want mobile access that lets you monitor your property with a smartphone app? Whether you go the DIY route, or choose a residential security package, look for equipment and features that fit your needs and lifestyle. This may include remote access, email notifications when an alarm has been triggered, or free repairs of software and equipment.
Will I be moving in the near future?
If you currently rent or are planning on moving in the next couple of years, look for a home security system that can be easily moved with you. You may want to avoid a long-term contract for a monitored security system. Some companies offer short-term contracts and/or the ability to move your surveillance system without penalty.
Is there a contract to sign?
If you do sign a contract with a home security provider, be sure to read the fine print and ask all your questions beforehand. Are the monthly fees subject to change? Are short-term contracts available? What are the penalties for early cancelation and are there any exceptions?
Does the system work if the power goes out?
Power outages can happen in areas during severe weather. Be sure to find out if your security system comes with a battery backup, or solar-powered option, that will keep cameras rolling in the event of a bad storm.
Will I benefit from a home insurance discount?
Ask your provider about home insurance premium discounts afforded to those who install a security system and what components are needed. Many homeowners can reap substantial savings each year.
Explore your residential security options with Maryland Security Professionals
Our security experts are available to answer all questions related to residential camera installation throughout Washington D.C., Baltimore, MD, the Virginias, and Delaware. If you’re looking for a quality home security system that fits within your budget and is backed by ongoing customer support, call us for a complimentary security evaluation. We look forward to hearing from you soon!
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- Angie’s List, Questions to Ask Your Home Security Provider https://www.angieslist.com/articles/10-questions-ask-your-home-security-provider.htm