The Best Priced Alarm System
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The Best Priced Alarm System

Two key Elements in selecting your Alarm System, Price and effectiveness.

Without Effectiveness, the price does not matter

By Tony Navarrete

Today there are so many choices available to the consumer from the big and traditional security companies like ADT, Brinks, Alarm One and others to the new market entrances such as Simplisafe, Ring or Nest. To label one, as the best is not an easy task without considering other aspects such as customer service and experience. For simplicity, we will consider two key aspects; price and effectiveness. Price: The big and traditional companies have their methods, sales, and installation setup for a long time. These methods make their product very pricey. Consider their methods, the big company buys accounts from affiliated companies. Who, then pay for the equipment and commissions or salaries to their employees or contractors including sales managers, d salespersons, installers and other staff. And yet they still have to come up with a profit. During my years working for these companies, I have seen salespersons making up to $500.00 per sale and installers making an average of $150 per install. Who pays for all these? you! the consumer, by signing a three-year agreement at a minimum rate of $35 per month. New companies like Ring or Nest will sell you their equipment and charge you a minimal fee for the monthly monitoring. In addition, they offer DIY systems further making them a cheaper option for customers. This last option makes their product less effective. I have seen experienced installers making mistakes, I just can not imagine most inexperienced home-owner doing a perfect installation. Why going for the cheap option when security may or may not be achieved? I would suggest checking local alarm companies who will sell your account to the big companies. You might get the best of both sides.

Without effectiveness, the price does not matter, but overpricing is a big problem for most.

Effectiveness
This is a big win for ADTS of the world since their success has been based on effectiveness, pricey but effective nevertheless. In comparison, Simplisafe and Ring have introduced DIY installation kits. I can not stress the importance of a good security installation. I have seen very experienced installers do simple mistakes that compromise the installation, I can not image, the average homeowner making a clean DIY installation.

Conclusion
Without effectiveness, the price does not matter, but overpricing is a big problem for most.
There are some mid-size companies that offer better pricing than the big ones, finding one may require some research but it is within easy reach. As for the newcomers, Nest is the only one promoting professional installation. This last issue along with the additional services such anywhere doorbell and digital cameras may make the difference but it may not be as affordable by then.

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