Research shows that the United States during 2016, approximately 278,600 burglaries took place in dwellings at night time and another 486,006 burglaries took place at dwellings in the day time. It is a risky world that we live in, resulting in the need for every homeowner to go the extra mile to protect themselves, the people they love, and their home from the dangers posed from criminals and thieves. Installing a new home security system is one of the best means of protection available.
Any homeowner can easily install a security system and gain protection day in and day out. If the costs of home security have stopped you from making the move thus far, it is time to learn six easy ways to save money on home security and schedule service sooner rather than later.
Research the Options
Dozens of home security providers exist. Your job is to weed the good from the bad. It may sound like a difficult task, but the truth is that doing some simple research on security companies, their pricing, and their plans, will probably lead you to find a great deal worth your time. Most people research online, where reviews and other helpful information is available. However, word-of-mouth, social media, and many other sources of information exist that can provide useful leads on security systems. Before making a final decision, compare and contrast the benefits of each system and the technological advantages each will provide.
Home security companies compete for your business. As a result, there are always special deals, promotions, trials, and other deals to enjoy. Search for these offers and do not miss out. Additionally, pick providers who offer trial periods or a money-back guarantee if you want to save money. Trial periods ensure that you don’t waste time with a company that doesn’t exceed your expectations while a money-back guarantee is a promise of immaculate service or you don’t pay. For example, ADT and Protect America both offer this kind of guarantee, but ADT’s is 6 months, compared to PA’s measely 15 days.
Many home security companies offer free systems. It is the cost of installation that adds the digits to the bill. Avoid those extra fees (that can sometimes be well into the hundreds of dollars) and opt for a DIY installation. With a few tools and a short amount of time, you can easily install your own home security system and save some serious cash in the process.
Choose the Right Security Monitoring Package
Home security companies offer numerous monitoring packages. Many times these packages are completely customizable to your needs. The cost of the package varies from one offer to the next. Do not choose the first package because you assume that it offers the best deal. Instead, carefully evaluate each monitoring package, its price, the level of protection that it offers, and rates with other providers to ensure that you get the right monitoring and price.
Call the Insurance Company
Did you know that many insurance companies offer homeowners policy discounts if they install a home security system? The amount of the discount varies from one provider to the next but is often times 20% to 30% of your annual costs. Call your home insurance company to learn if there is a discounted offered and to learn how to take advantage of the offer.
Ask for Discounts
Many security companies have discounts available for certain groups of people. Military and law enforcement, senior discounts, and prepaid discounts are a few of the discounts you might qualify for when buying a security system. The amount of the offered discount offered varies from one company to the next, but it is always a nice chunk of change that allows you to keep more money in your pocket.
Do not go another day without home security due to the costs when it is so easy to cut the expense and save money. Use the six tips above to begin your quest to save money on your new home security system.