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  • Alarm System
    • Know what you expect the alarm system to achieve in terms of protection.
    • Decide if you want the alarm system to link to a 24 hour monitoring service provided by a vendor.
    • Survey your home and determine how many windows and doors you want to be integrated into the home security system.
    • Determine possible locations for the control panel and keypads.
    • Determine how far away windows and doors are from the control panel.
    • Choose a system with a control panel that can monitor all the zones you have in your home.
    • Make certain that a wireless system can perform up to the distance of the farthest zone.
    • Be certain that the system you choose can accept fire-protection sensors, carbon monoxide sensors etc.
    • Make certain that inputting codes into the keypad is not a complicated process.
    • Work the keypad of the system you select to assure yourself that it is easy to use.
  • Alarm Systems Company
    • Ask if the company carries general liability, workman’s compensation, and errors/omissions insurance.
    • Ask to see the company’s business license.
    • Ask for referrals of other customers in your area that have had systems installed like the one you are considering.
    • Ask if the company has been established for three to five years.
    • Ask where alarm system monitoring center is located.
    • Be sure the company does the entire installation and does not subcontract work.
    • Review the contract carefully before you sign.
    • Know what the warranty period is and what is included in the warranty.

Alarm System Checklist
  Nicole Nichols-West

on December 29, 2011

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