However, when selecting a system it is vital that you do your research and read all of the materials before signing up with any particular company. While some security companies claim to be ‘free’ there is often a lot left unspoken.
Any real estate owner or homeowner seeking to buy a new security system for their home should be sure to read the fine print in any agreement.
Many companies advertise ‘free’ services. But what exactly does this mean and how does this work?
The truth of the matter is that some security companies might offer some free materials, for instance a door or window sensor, a wireless keypad or a motion detector, but in order to actually activate these features you will need to shell out some cash.
Promotional materials such as signs saying that your home is protected are of course useful, but in and of themselves will not keep your home safe.
Monitoring contracts can cost a hefty fee and some ‘free’ alarm systems actually include a lease for this monitoring contract.
Automatic renewals are also often written in to the contracts, so make sure that you are aware of the dates you are agreeing to before signing off on any agreement.
In terms of any dispute with your company, you run the risk of being left unprotected. Because much of the system is activated wirelessly, the company can turn off your protection in a matter of minutes from a remote location.
If you have accepted the company’s free installation systems they can also lock out other companies from using it to offer you monitoring or protection.
This is not to say that all alarm companies and security companies are in it to trick you into a false sense of security or to swindle you out of your hard earned money. But it is to say that there are a variety of things that you should be aware of before signing any lease or contract.
Monitoring prices are becoming increasingly competitive. As such, owning your own alarm system gives you some advantages as you can shop around for a company that suits you without being beholden to any particular company and their ‘free’ gifts.