March 2019 Blog

Contrary to the groundhog’s prediction that we are due for an early reprieve from winter, March is coming in like a lion. Those lucky enough to go south for a warm and sunny respite may have already booked their trips to warmer climes.

Most homeowners understand the importance of insuring the safety of their property and possessions when going away for an extended period of time – even for a long weekend. While the more traditional methods of keeping your home safe while you’re away – stopping your mail and newspaper delivery, hiring someone to clear your driveway and sidewalks of snow and ice – are still important.

However, there are whole new layers of protection and security available – whether you’re gone for a week – or even for a day at the office. Whether you are looking for a mobile app to monitor who rings your doorbell, all the way to a sophisticated home security system that includes surveillance cameras, sensors, and 24/7 monitoring, the options are limitless.

According to, the average cost of a security system is $698, with products and services ranging from a low of $320 up to about $1,100.  If you travel often, leaving your home alone for extended periods of time, it might be a good idea to explore a complete home security system. For others, a simpler, less expensive system may be sufficient. Regardless of your needs, being an informed consumer will go a long way to ensuring that you get the security you need  - at a price you can live with.

Before deciding on the best security system for you, here are a few questions you should be asking when you are investigating the best products and services for you.

If you have a “smart” home, is the security company’s equipment compatible with smart home equipment?

If you already have Nest or Hue Lighting, you will want to be sure that the company you’re working with sells equipment that will compliment your smart home.

Can I keep my equipment if I move?

This is an important consideration, especially if you are renting and want to bring your security with you to your new home when you move.

Does your security company require a monitoring contract? 

Don’t get yourself inadvertently stuck in a lengthy contract period that you may not need.

Find out what kind of warranty comes with your security equipment.

If you plan on bringing your security system with you from one home to another, it is a good idea to make sure it has a sufficient warranty period.

Does our security company provide a home owners insurance certificate?

Many insurers will offer a discount to homeowners who can show proof of a home security system.

So, before you decide to invest in a home security system – whether it’s an app on your phone, or a complete home system, do your homework and pick the system that is right for you. 

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