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Home Security Tips: Questions You Should Ask Your Home Security Advisors

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Are you considering a security system for your home, but don’t know where to start? Don’t worry, we can help you figure out how to protect your home.

Maybe, you:

  • just moved into a new neighborhood
  • have decided to add to your family
  • harbor concerns about crime in your area
  • have heard about houses being broken into near your home
  • are worried about your children being home by themselves
  • have heard you might be able to save money on your homeowner’s insurance

There are a variety of reasons you might opt to choose a security system for your home. Whatever your reasons, knowing what to ask can help you determine what is best for your family or if home security is the right choice. You might be wondering, “how will I know what I need? What am I getting myself into? What should I ask?”

Don’t worry. Arming yourself with the right questions can help you discern home security facts from home security myths. Take a look for some great home security tips.

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  1. What do I need for my dream home?
  2. What’s included in my plan?
  3. How do I know I will be receiving quality monitoring?
  4. How is my system affected by the size of my home?
  5. How does my security system work?
  6. Does it matter if I don’t have a landline?
  7. What do I need to cover all of my home’s entry points?
  8. How can I secure my garage door?
  9. Will my system be affected by my pets?
  10. What kind of monitoring capabilities do I have when I’m away from home?
  11. What happens if my kid or pet accidentally sets off my alarm?
  12. What happens if I have problems with my equipment?
  13. How can I integrate smoke detectors/carbon monoxide/flood protection?
  14. How can approved people gain access to my home when I’m not there?
  15. Can I modify my system later?
  16. How will my security system work/function when people are home?
  17. What happens if my power goes out?
  18. How can I get the most for my money?
  19. What is the most basic system I can get? The most advanced system?
  20. Can I see when my kids get home while I am away from the house?
  21. What will happen if someone breaks into my home?
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What do I need for my dream home?

This is a good place to start with security for your home and the reason is this: EVERY HOME IS DIFFERENT.

Now, this doesn’t necessarily mean that your floor plan is the only one of its kind. Even if your home shares the design of your neighbors humble abode, you may have three kids who all arrive home at different times and two dogs that a neighbor lets out twice a day. It bears repeating: EVERY HOME IS DIFFERENT. Because each family has different needs and requirements, your system needs to fit your unique home security plans.

What’s included in my plan?

This one may seem like a no-brainer, but it’s a good idea to explicitly ask what you are receiving. Don’t make any assumptions about what is included in your plan. Get the facts about home security upfront and ask.

How do I know I will be receiving quality monitoring?

It seems like a great concept: someone with an eye on your home at all times. But, how do you know that’s what you are really getting? A reliable security company should be able to provide you with a convincing answer to this question.

For example, ADT promises reliable coverage and they are able to provide it by offering “state-of-the-art technology backed by powerful equipment and secure communication links.” In addition, ADT has been around since 1874 and operates six (6) monitoring centers across the nation so that monitoring services can be transferred to a different center if a problem occurs.

The answer you receive when you ask this question should put your mind at ease.

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How is my system affected by the size of my home?

Similar to the relation of your utilities to the size of your square footage, you will need more equipment for a larger home. Understanding how the size of your home affects the amount and type of equipment you need is good information to know so that you can fairly judge the options presented to you.

How does my security system work?

Having a clear understanding of how your system works will help you make the most of it. Case in point: Computer experts usually don’t have problems with running out of storage space or keeping their laptops charged. That’s because they understand how to make computers work for their needs. The more you understand your security system, the easier it will be to optimize it for your family’s needs.

Does it matter if I don’t have a landline?

The wonderfully ambiguous answer here is yes and no. Safe home security systems rely on phone access, but not a landline. In the event that an alarm goes off, your monitoring service will call you to verify the situation. That doesn’t mean you need a landline, but you will need some kind of phone service. Also, your options will vary depending on whether you have a landline or cell service. It’s a good idea to ask your security advisor what your options are depending on the service you use.

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What do I need to cover all of my home’s entry points?

Entry points are any place that a potential burglar could get into your home: doors, windows, garage doors, and the like. Because EVERY HOME IS DIFFERENT (there it is again), this gets a little tricky. What you need will vary depending on the type of windows you have (single pane, double pane, vertical, square, the possibilities are many), the type of doors you have (glass, sliding, several options here also), and any other points of entry you have. Add these all together and you have a sophisticated algebraic equation staring you in the face. Be sure you consider every element in order to get the safe home security system that is best for you.

How can I secure my garage door?

In many homes, the garage door is a major point of entry. It is common to park your car in the garage and enter your home through a door in the garage. Often, these doors remain unlocked, providing an easy entrance for any intruder if the garage door is left open or unsecured. As with doors and windows, garage doors vary and you will want to make sure it is appropriately protected.

Will my system be affected by my pets?

Pets can be a sticky element when it comes to home security. If you decide to employ motion detectors, for example, you may want to account for the movement of pets in the home while you are away or at work. Also, where will your equipment be housed? You want to make sure Fido does not have access to your hardware.

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What kind of monitoring capabilities do I have when I’m away from home?

You’re considering a security system because you are a sensible, dependable adult who wants more protection for your nearest and dearest. It makes perfect sense that you want to be able to know what’s going on when you aren’t at home. Ask what kind of remote monitoring capabilities you will have access to with your plan. What will you be able to see? How do you access it? Are there multiple options? Can I use my mobile phone?

What happens if my kid or pet accidentally sets off my alarm?

If your home is inhabited by little feet of any variety, you’re bound to hear sirens at some point. At first, you’ll panic, wondering which window the prowler is crawling through…only to realize that little Susie or rambunctious Rover caused the raucous without help from an intruder. It happens. Just ask so you can prepare for the inevitable.

What happens if I have problems with my equipment?

Some packages include maintenance and repair of security equipment, while others don’t. Malfunctioning equipment could mean that you do not have safe home security or that you may be experiencing false alarms. Neither situation is desirable. Knowing what kind of maintenance and repair you can expect is an important piece of information when considering the facts about home security.

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How can I integrate smoke detectors/carbon monoxide/flood protection?

With technology being what it is today, home security doesn’t just mean protection from burglaries. In addition, you can integrate smoke, fire, carbon monoxide, and flood protection into your home. Protecting your home on all levels is the goal, so ask about other types of protection.

How can approved people gain access to my home when I’m not there?

One of the main reasons you get a security system is so that you can monitor who comes and goes whether you are home or not. Your security system should provide you with a way to do this. What if you forget to let the dog out before you leave for work? Luckily, you are blessed with a benevolent neighbor willing to tackle the task for you, but how can she get in? You need to have provisions in place for this sort of eventuality.

Can I modify my system later?

Being a dependable adult requires balance. As much as you may want the most advanced system possible, your budget may be a little tight right now. But, that doesn’t mean upgrading won’t be possible later. If you are considering adding security features as you go, ask what the possibilities for expansion and upgrading are down the road. Financing may also be something to consider as part of your home security plans.

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How will my security system work/function when people are home?

This is a good topic to broach with a security installer. Ideally, you want your home protected not just when you aren’t there, but when you are present as well. Most systems have an armed setting that can be utilized while you are home. Typically, you set your system to enable perimeter alarms protecting against entry and exit, while disabling motion sensors inside the home so that you can move about freely.

What happens if my power goes out?

You are doing your utmost to be prepared for bad situations. A situation likely to occur at some point is a power outage. You want to make sure your system is prepped for this occasion and that you don’t lose security during a power outage. Ask how you can prevent this from happening.

How can I get the most for my money?

It’s a fair question. The answer may not always be an easy one. Your security advisor is a professional who has likely seen lots of different homes and has a clear understanding of how to optimize your system and give you the best in safe home security. There are often a handful of solutions available for any given problem. And in this case, your security advisor is the person with the answers.

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What is the most basic system I can get? The most advanced system?

As with any large purchase, it’s a good idea to know your options for safe home security. You may not necessarily opt for all of the bells and whistles, but you can make a more informed decision if you understand all of the choices available to you.

Can I see when my kids get home while I am away from the house?

Your kids are likely a very big (if not the entire) part of why you are considering home security. You will want to make sure they are protected and safe even if you can’t be there at the exact moment they arrive home. With the ADT Pulse app, you have remote access to all of your security features. You can even set alerts so that you are notified when your kids arrive home.

What will happen if someone breaks into my home?

All of this work is being done so that this very scenario doesn’t happen. And if you have gone to all this effort, it is likely that it won’t happen. According to UNC Charlotte, the simple presence of a security system is enough to cause 60 percent of intruders to try another home. Often, just having a security system will be what keeps your home safe.

However, if the possibility weren’t a real one, you wouldn’t need your security system. Don’t worry. Security systems are designed to get you the right kind of help when you need it the most. Ask your security advisor what will happen so you can be prepared.

Rest easy. Your adulting is done for the day.

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