A Solution to Acquiring The Best Price on A Home Security System Comments22 Comments

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!

The Solution:

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.
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By : Adam | 8 Nov 2012
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22 thoughts on “A Solution to Acquiring The Best Price on A Home Security System

  1. John S @ Frugal Rules

    Good post. The house we currently live in was sold to us with a security system for the first year. Experiencing what it was like to have one and deal with the company has led us to believe we’ll probably never buy one ourselves. They would never give a straight answer and would not quote us a renewal price without sending someone out to give us their pitch. We tried a few others after the year and experienced the same thing. It’s just not worth the hassle in our opinions.

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    1. Kevin Raposo

      I agree, there are a TON of home security companies out there who thrive on shady business practices. Their main goal is to have you sign one of their notorious 36 month contracts. For an alternative, check out SimpliSafe (http://www.simplisafe.com). It’s no bull, no contract, and you build your system online. They will never have anyone come to your home to do their sales pitch. It’s deffentially worth checking out.

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    2. Jeremy

      That’s just like all the marketing companies I deal with that won’t give a quote by e-mail. They insist on getting you on the phone to use pressure tactics. Many companies know that once they get you in a conversation they can dispute any argument and really hammer home the benefits. Plus you have less time to think about their price and shop around.

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  2. Grayson @ Debt RoundUp

    I had a security system installed by a crappy company (not to be mentioned). It left a bad taste in my mouth for home security companies. I think about every 2 days we get someone from a new company that comes by and tries to get us to switch, but I refuse to go through it again. There are so many rules to home monitoring contracts along with shady business practices. I am not a fan of the home security companies.

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    1. Jeremy

      It sounds like that first company has many different affiliate companies that all have your contact info. You’d almost just want to put a competitor’s sticker in your window to prevent those guys from wasting your time. I know some people just use a sticker to scare off burglars too.

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      1. Edward

        I once looked into a job with a security company. They admitted that they had commissioned a study once and discovered that the sticker was the most effective part of the entire system

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        1. Jeremy

          Not too surprising. When a thief is trying to find a target they don’t want to be wasting time verifying whether the sticker is a ruse or not. Instead it’s a warning sign to just move on to your neighbor’s house.

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  3. Justin @ The Family Finances

    Our home security system is our 75-pound greyhound. He hears people at the door or outside the house, and he zooms to the door or window to see what’s going on. He wouldn’t hurt a fly, but he looks pretty intimidating.
    We live in a pretty safe neighborhood, and I review the weekly crime report in the newspaper. If we lived in a more shady part of town, I might consider a security system of some sort.

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  4. Edward

    Mt big problem with the industry us the amount of FUD they spread. One guy told my mom that if she didn’t buy a system, her house WOULD get broken into. Never mind that she lives in the country with almost no crime with retirees who are home all day and the chief if police is a family friend.

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    1. Jeremy

      For sure. Their main weapon is scare tactics. They want to pull at people’s emotions and make them afraid enough to give in. Little do they care if their claims are even accurate.

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  5. KK @ Student Debt Survivor

    After the hurricane, and our moron downstairs neighbors proping open our front doors or our building with their generator, we’ve been thinking about getting a home security system (or at least a more sturdy front door to our condo). I’m going to check out the company you mentioned. Somehow in the back of my mind I feel like if I call a security company they will know how “unsafe” our building is and the company will come rob us. I know that’s a little paranoid, but they know your weaknesses better then anybody else after they inspect your home.

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    1. Jeremy

      lol that would be a good dual business…part time security system sales company and part time home thieves. They’d find out all kinds of secrets about when and how to target your home and maybe what valuables you have inside. Then after they rob you they can start pushing the security system sale harder.

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  6. Althea Young

    Great post. Thanks for the advice and suggesting some good stuff for home security system. Security is the first thing that we need to consider because we don’t know what will happen when we are away from our home.

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    1. Jeremy

      It’s not even just when we are away from our homes. Some thieves will break in while you’re asleep or even while you are just in a different room. When I was a kid, a drunken thief broke into our house in the middle of the night. Luckily he wasn’t all there mentally and didn’t take anything too valuable.

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  7. TB at BlueCollarWorkman.com

    Lol, this is an awesome post for someone to read right before/after my last post on protecting yoru car from getting broken in to! We think alike dude :-)

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    1. Jeremy

      Well I can’t take credit for the topic. It’s not like I wrote this post myself lol. It is a good pairing with your post. I don’t Kevin has experience with breaking into homes though :)

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  8. Becca@Locksmith Melbourne

    A simple security system can go a long way toward preventing burglaries. Security light systems are a common deterrent,
    but be sure they cover the breadth of your property to ensure maximum effectiveness.
    Motion activated sensors are a cheap and effective way to brighten areas and reduce cover.

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    1. Jeremy

      Good point Becca. A security light wouldn’t be very effective if it is limited to only a small part of your property. You need to consider what parts of your house may be potential entry points.

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  9. Miranda Sieck

    It is necessary that whenever you go for shopping of security systems for your home make sure you get security equipments from the right company and also check their product reviews and services history. This will quite helpful to get right home security systems.

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    1. Jeremy

      That is something to consider. You shouldn’t just assume that only alarm system will do the trick. Obviously some would be a lot more effective than others.

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