If you're like most alarm buyers, you're probably very excited about your upcoming home alarm installation. After all, once everything is up and running, you'll be so much safer!
But before you go through the installation process, there are 5 questions you need to ask:
1. How much is it going to cost?
Getting your home alarm system up and running can cost anywhere from a couple hundred bucks to well over a thousand bucks. So, you need to figure out which end of the spectrum your alarm company falls on.
More importantly, though, you need to find out exactly what that fee covers. Will it cover everything that goes into your home alarm installation -- from the wiring inside the walls to the sensors over the windows? Or, will you have to pay piecemeal for certain things (like, for example, an extra fee for every window sensor after you install a certain amount)? The last thing you want is any type of surprise when your installer arrives!
2. How long will it take?
The time that your specific home alarm installation takes will depend on the type of system you bought. Wired systems take longer to get up and running than their wireless counterparts, and the more extras you have, the longer it will take to set them up.
In any event, though, your alarm company needs to make the process as efficient and as stress-free as possible!
3. When will you get to learn how to use the "fancy" stuff?
Today, a home alarm installation is made up of so much more than just setting up a burglar alarm. Since newer home alarm systems come with things like remote access from your cell phone and live video streams you can watch online, the installation process should include teaching you how to use them all.
If your specific installer isn't in charge of teaching you how to take advantage of everything, find out who is. The last thing you want is to have a bunch of "toys" that you don't know how to use!
4. What happens if your wireless system creates interference?
Good systems are designed NOT to do this. That's because they come with a 900 MHz frequency (or thereabouts) that's specially-designed not to get in the way of your Bluetooth connection or your Wi-Fi network. But, just in case a problem pops up, make sure your installer knows how to fix it!
5. Can you install it yourself
In most cases, the answer to this question is a big, fat "no". While it might sound like a great way to save money, home alarm installation isn't plug-and-play. If you don't have the right tools and expertise to get the job done right, you shouldn't try to do it at all!