When a home does not automatically have an alarm system or a sprinkler system for fire protection, many homeowners wonder if it is really worth the expense to get one. Getting an alarm system installed is very important, not only for your safety, but it also helps homeowners get discounts on their homeowners insurance.
Alarm systems are reasonable to get, and many security companies throw in the system for free if you get a monthly monitoring package. An alarm system is a great deterrent against burglars stealing high-ticket items and precious family keepsakes. Home alarm systems can work whether you are in the home, such as at night, or away. Alarm systems can be hooked up to your home’s doors, windows, garage door, and even send text messages to your phone when an alarm system is deactivated. Many parents like this if their kids are at home and want to make sure they are secure.
With enough insurance for your valuables within the homeowners insurance policy, you will not have to come up with the money outright to replace them should a burglary, fire, or other catastrophe occur. Be sure to keep all documents from the alarm company in case your homeowner’s insurance company wants proof of the system being active in your residence. Insurance companies encourage alarm systems because this means your residence is less of a risk to them. Smoke detectors, carbon monoxide detectors, and sprinkler systems are also good to protect your family.
With your home now protected, give your homeowners insurance company a call to let them know you now have a system and review what coverage you have for your valuables. Think of any pricey valuables they might not have incorporated into the policy. Did you recently purchase a flat-screen TV, new computer, diamond ring, or renovate the kitchen with new, fancy appliances? All of these items should be covered adequately, so it does not hurt to review your coverage.
Another big area of savings is the deductible amounts you have for your homeowners insurance. With a security system and adequate insurance on your valuables, you might look at increasing your deductible. Research what is within your budget and comfort zone for a deductible, and then discuss your options with an experienced homeowners insurance agent.