If you do a quick internet search or grab the phone directory, you are going to find dozens of alarm companies out there. Trying to sort out which home security company best fits your needs and your budget can be a challenge. Start your search by finding home security company references and reviews. You can get personal references or ask the business for a list of recent references. You can also find customer reviews online. Don’t choose a home security company that is too big or too small. You don’t want to be just another number, but you also don’t want to jeopardize your security. Make sure to verify that the home security company has the proper licensing and accreditation as well as no hidden fees. Taking these steps will help you choose the best home security company that best fits your needs.

Find home security company references and reviews

Personal references are a great place to start when it comes to sorting out the good home security companies from the bad ones. If your family and friends have personal experience with a company, listen. Ask about their experience and whether they would recommend it again or not.

Ask the home security company for references. Besides licensing information, the client should also be able to provide you with recent references. These are other customers that use their services. If the company provides a list of references, check them. Call the people on the list and ask them about the alarm company. What kind of service do they provide? Has there been any negative experiences? Were there any hidden costs?

If you go online, you should be able to see customer reviews on the company’s website as well as third-party review sites. You can also check with the local police to see if they have any negatives to say about the home security company. Taking the time to check out the alarm company will save you headaches down the road.

Don’t choose a home security company that is too big or too small

Many home security companies are just too large. You become just another number on their list of clients and getting personal service is next to impossible. On the other end of the spectrum, some alarm companies are not much more than a storefront and a guy with a pager. Going too small can jeopardize the security you want. You need a home security company that has a strong regional presence, but still provides personal service.

Verify that the home security company has the proper licensing and accreditation as well as no hidden fees

Alarm companies need to have proper licensing and accreditation, which shows they are above board and professional with their clients and the local authorities. The home security company should have no issues providing information on their licensing, accreditation, and associations. If the company is evasive or cannot come up with the information, look elsewhere.

The home security company should also be upfront with all pricing. This pricing includes installation costs as well as monitoring fees. While there may be taxes included (depending on the jurisdiction), there should be no hidden fees or other unmentioned charges on your bill.

If you are looking for a home security company, give us a call here at 1st Alarm. We proudly serve our neighbors throughout West Texas and the Texas Panhandle areas. We have locations in Midland, Odessa, Amarillo, Lubbock, Abilene, El Paso, and San Angelo. Give us a call today at 1(800) 276-5559 or contact us via email. We look forward to providing you with the best home security system available.