Home Security Contractors

Shannon Lee | Improvement Center Columnist | December 14, 2011

The security of your home, family and possessions shouldn't be entrusted to just anyone. Choosing the best home security contractors from among many comes down to serious research.

What kind of home security system do you need?

There are all types of security systems available, from simple ones that alert you to a fire, intruder or similar safety issues, to state-of-the-art systems that include panic rooms, video cameras, motion detectors and more. Deciding what type of protection you need is a very personal choice.

Most people choose a security system that alerts them to the basic issues a homeowner might face, such as a fire or break-in. Even with the most simple system, however, you can choose whether or not you want that system to be monitored around the clock by a security company. Monitoring can be as simple as calling the authorities when an alarm goes off, or as complex as keeping an eye on video feeds from around your home.

Choosing good home security contractors

After you determine what kind of home security system you want, it's time to look at home security contractors. Here are a few tips to help you make this very important decision:

  1. Get recommendations. The value of a great company will always travel by word-of-mouth. If you hear a name pop up repeatedly, you can bet it has earned that good reputation.
  2. Make comparisons. Choose what kind of system you want and then compare features. Look at prices, not only for the system, but also for monthly monitoring. Carefully balance what you need with what you can reasonably afford.
  3. Compare reputations. One company might have been in business for 20 years with a so-so track record, while another company might have only been in business for three, but gets sterling reviews. Carefully weigh these business reputations and choose the most credible company that offers the system you want.
  4. Request estimates and other information. When you have narrowed down a list of candidates, ask for estimates. Request to know their insurance status and licensing. Now is also a good time to get warranty details.
  5. Get the contract in writing. Make sure you understand every point. Don't sign anything until it all makes sense, especially the fine print.
  6. Agree on a payment plan. Many home security systems require only the monthly fee, but some do charge for installation. No matter the terms, never pay anything up-front. Make sure the system works perfectly before you write that check.

Home security should never be taken lightly--it's a matter of protecting your family. To get an estimate from a local home security company or contractor, fill out the form on this page.