The following is a guest post from Kevin Raposo, a blogger for SimpliSafe & Infobia. Kevin covers issues related to home security, crime, safety, and consumer issues. Kevin is a dedicated writer and musician, spreading the word through music and blogging. SimpliSafe is a leader in the wireless home security field. If interested in submitting a guest post, please read my guest posting policy and then contact me.
Have you ever purchased a new car? Everyone knows that this can be one of the most painful shopping experiences out there, but what if I told you there’s something else just as excruciating? Shopping for a home security system these days can be just as difficult as purchasing a new car. The problem when looking around for the perfect burglar alarm, just like a new car, is price. Obtaining pricing for alarm systems can prove to be difficult, and in most cases, you’ll face an onslaught of sales calls day-in and day-out for months. Avoid turning the ringer off on your phone with some insider tips to elude the pesky sale calls from home security companies.
A friend of mine recently had his home broken into, so the thought of installing a burglar alarm wasn’t farfetched. He started his shopping by calling around for quotes, however, he quickly found out was not easy.
When picking out a home security system, it basically comes down to two factors: The quality of a product and PRICE! Researching the quality of a home alarm is simple these days with the help of independent and customer reviews. On the other hand, searching the prices of these alarm systems can lead to the huge hassle of annoying phone calls.
Here’s the problem…
Most home security companies will often fail to publish any of their pricing online. In order to receive some sort of price, a consumer will have to provide their name, address, email, and telephone number before a sales representative will even provide a price quote over the phone. The industry norm is to tell you that you’ll need a home visit to get a quote (believe me, this is a classic alarm industry sales gimmick).
There are some sites out there that allow you to compare prices from home alarm companies, basically doing all the hard work for you. Unfortunately there’s ,one little nasty secret: their “get a quote” forms require your personal contact information, so that they can sell it to all the alarm dealers with a 30 mile radius (fill one out and watch your cellphone blow-up with calls). Either way, you’ll face a bombardment of high pressure sales calls constantly for weeks!
Use these industry secrets to elude the annoying sales calls and get a competitive price quote without losing your sanity!
- Secret Shopper – Before starting out on your mission for price quotes, setup a new email address dedicated for home security shopping. This will eliminate any spam in your primary mailbox. The only time you should be providing your real email address is when you have decided to make a full commitment to purchase, as they may need to email you over important information regarding your system. Initially, try to get as much pricing information as you can online before making any calls. Call only if you have specific questions on how the system works or any other functionality. If you ever have to provide a website or sales rep with a phone number, use a Google Voice number: it will collect their messages without your phone ringing every five minutes. You can then check the message at your convenience.
- Be Informed – In order to get an accurate price quote, you will need to know what your home will need. For example: know how many doors and windows will need to be protected. If you need motion sensors, let them know how many you think you may need. This will give the alarm company a better sense of what you’re looking for and it will help you get a quote a whole lot faster too!
- Put Up Your Dukes – If an alarm company can’t provide you pricing online or by email, call them directly. If they start asking you for personal information, don’t hesitate to tell them that you don’t feel comfortable providing it. Simply just tell them that you’re just looking for some basic pricing and you’re comparing quotes from competitors. If they are unwilling to provide you with that information, it’s probably not the home security company you want to go with.
- Gain Some Leverage – SimpliSafe.com is a wireless home security system that provides a DIY installation. Their pricing is public and published online, so you can use their alarm system price tool without having to provide any personal info. Use their hassle-free price quote to gain leverage over the sales rep, because once you tell them that you already have another company’s pricing, they will cut straight to the case and begin negotiating with you, bypassing that annoying information gathering stage.
- Be Cautious – Don’t rush into things, take your time. Do your homework. Here’s one of the most important safety tips: “If it doesn’t feel right to you, it probably isn’t.” When it comes to protecting your home, be alert and cautious.