Choosing the Right Contractor to Install your Burglar Alarms

September 22, 2010 in Burglar alarms,Setup

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If you’re not an avid DIY’er and don’t trust your skills at installing one of the many burglar alarms available on the market today, your only option is to contact a contractor to install the alarms for you.  You can start protecting your family and home against any burglar when you have one of these burglar alarms installed, whether it is a hard-wired or wireless system.  So how to you go about selecting the right contractor for the job so that the work is performed properly?

Installation contractors come in all shapes, sizes, and skill levels.  The same holds true where installing burglar alarms is concerned.  It can get challenging because they are all going to try and sell you on why you should choose them over some other contractor.  However, the following information should make this less challenging for you so that you hire the right contractor and have the job performed to your expectations.

Fortunately, many companies that sell burglar alarms oftentimes include the installation in the total price of the system whether it is hard-wired or wireless.  So you want to be sure and make a list of 4 to 6 of these because it will be more cost-effective in the long run compared to purchasing the system and then hiring a contractor to install it.

Once you have made your list of contractors that install burglar alarms, there are certain things that you want to ask them in order to formulate your final decision.  Some of the questions that you need to be asking when you interview them individually are:

  • How many years have you been in business?
  • Are you licensed and insured against liabilities?
  • Do you operate locally and have a land-based location here in town?
  • How soon after I purchase my system can you install it?

There may be other concerns or questions that you may have regarding the installation of burglar alarms but the ones listed above are definite questions to ask each one of the contractors.

Get at least 5 references of clients that they have taken care of in your local area and get their contact information so you can hear what they have to say about the company and contractor that you are dealing with.

Once you have made your selection, look the contract over so that you understand everything that is involved such as payment arrangements and other pertinent info.

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