The cost of installing and maintaining an alarm system for a home or a small business often depends on the owner and what’s desired. You can find a ton of different options out there, which is great—except that this selection can cause big changes in pricing. The range can be significant, with a home security system alone running from a low end of $100 to $1,000 to install (a small business system will be a higher range, of course). However, our team at Alarms R Us can give you a general idea of what to expect when installing an alarm system.
Identifying Your Needs
Every facility or home is going to be a bit unique. Whether your property needs motion detectors, perimeter triggers, cameras, laser triggers, or similar, the combination will often dictate the actual costs. So until the security needs are fully mapped out, quotes from security companies won’t often come close to what the reality will be. So we recommend that you start off by outlining your security needs.
Exploring Your Alarm Options
Wireless systems tend to be the cheaper option, with a price range starting at around $100 and going to about $500 on average. This cost is primarily for the equipment. The lower cost is often attractive to the budget-conscious folks at first. However, when you consider the flexibility of installation as well as ease of mobility, hard-wire systems may be a bit more attractive, even though they are often a higher cost, ranging from a low of $400 for a very basic home installation upwards to over $1,000. The amount often depends on how many triggers and parts are involved as well as the equipment quality.
Considering the Big Picture
A customer has to consider that the simple, up-front expense of installation is not the whole picture. You must also factor in the cost of maintaining a service and subscription. Some alarm system installers may require a time period contract, such as an agreement for two or four years of service and monitoring. Because contracts can often produce far more profit for an installer versus the equipment, some may offer discounted pricing or even free equipment installation for the price of an agreement. So be sure to understand the quote and ask about all the costs involved before signing a contract.
For the New York City area, Alarms R Us can walk you through your home or business alarm system service options. We can show you how certain features affect various price ranges as well as expected service and protection. By working with an experienced technician that is locally based, you can rest assured that you’ll get a far better package overall, both in equipment and service. To find out more or to get a quote, contact Alarms R Us today at (718) 996-6900.
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