In Need Of Home Monitoring Services? Here's What To Ask Prospective Service Providers

Posted on: 5 December 2019

Are you looking for a home monitoring service to help secure your space and give your family some extra peace of mind? Here are a few questions to ask prospective service providers before choosing a system for your household:

Is a Monitoring Contract Required?

Some security monitoring companies require service contracts that could last anywhere from a few months to several years depending on the way the company is set up to run. Other companies don't require any service commitments from their customers, which means that you could cancel your account at any time without having to worry about paying any penalty fees.

Then there are those companies that won't require you to sign any contracts but will offer you perks, such as free equipment leasing, if you do make a long term commitment. So it's important to know exactly what you're getting yourself into before signing anything or paying any monies for home monitoring services.

If you don't ask about contracts ahead of time, you may end up signing one without realizing it and getting stuck in a commitment that you are not prepared to make. And you might miss out on discounts and other perks because you weren't aware of all the commitment options that your service provider offers.

Does the System Have to Be Professionally Installed?

Don't just assume that the home monitoring system you invest in will be professionally installed for you. Some systems, although powerful, are so easy to install that you should be able to do it by yourself with the help of included instructions and tools. This can save you some money on your monitoring services overall because you won't have to pay someone to come out and install the system.

If you don't have time or you just don't want to figure out how to install your new system yourself, make sure that your service provider does offer professional services and is willing to send someone out with the equipment to install it for you.

Can the System Be Monitored Away From Home?

It's also a good idea to find out whether a prospective home monitoring system can be managed while you are away from home or not. Many home security systems feature smart capabilities that will allow you to monitor the cameras in and around your home as well as gather automated reports remotely from your smartphone, laptop, or computer.

It doesn't matter if you're right down the street at work or halfway across the world on vacation. But not all monitoring systems can be managed away from the home console. So, if keeping an eye on things at home while you're away is important to you, make a list of remote monitoring options you'd like so you can compare it to the options that actually come with prospective systems you consider investing in.  

To learn more about home monitoring services, consult a resource in your area.