Leonardo Da Vinci said “simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” However important these factors might be it should be on the lower end of the scale when considering an alarm system. Consumers should never “trade-off” functionality, features and benefits, future expansion, stability and reliability especially when considering what is functional and practical now as well as what will apply in the future – the unpredictable and unknown circumstances. However much a product is considered because of its appeal, clean lines, collared blue lights or rounded edges what really matters is the functionality and features.
It is therefore equally important to consider all the advantages of the features offered carefully, understand the importance of the product’s functionality, the credibility of the supplier or manufacturer and the capability and reliability of the product to provide the current and future requirement.
When the elegant balance of all these factors is achieved the consumer will have a complex product inclusive of the necessary features and benefits, practicality and simplicity, aesthetically pleasing and user friendly and Leonardo once again proves his genius- Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.
It is important to focus on the features and to find out what is needed before making a purchase otherwise the homeowner might end up with a trade off. During the process of deciding on which system and equipment to use the homeowner will be confronting various available alternatives from the companies providing this service, the extend to which choices will become more difficult and the possibility of a trade-off increases.
People are reluctant to make trade-offs because they can’t predict what functionality they will need in the future. Avoid a compromise or a trade-off by selecting quality equipment supplied by reputable companies with the necessary credibility and stability – understanding what is needed, how did the homeowner arrive at this decision and how will the issues be addressed by implementing the features required to make a system functional and affordable yet easy to use by all the family members.
Based on the current budget the home owner should select a system which allows future expansion from a suppler or service provider with a sound track record.
A home owner will have a clear mindset when deciding on buying a security system and have all the relevant facts and comprehensive research completed at the time of receiving quotations and listening to various presentations irrespective if the requirement is based on the instruction of an insurance company or if a decisive need exist for the initial installation. Homeowners should not be fooled by the glossy marketing material and a well-rehearsed presentation,
Considering the extend of crime, the violent nature of typical attacks on home owners it is extremely important to get a clear understanding of the various detectors, functionality of these detectors and the complex layout of an alarm system to establish which type control panel and detectors will be required to secure the premises.
The company with which the home owner wish to engage in the final installation of a system must communicate that a product contains all of the features users need including the features the home owner are likely to need in the future and at the same time prove that all the necessary features is simple to use.
The experience of purchasing and installing a system go beyond how the product looks, the larger process of deciding is based on the research done by the home owner – the features and benefits, capability, reliability and obviously the integrity and stability of the service provider.
Home owners commonly make a superficial purchase instead of asking: “Is this product or system right for me?”
Once this is decided to ensure that the exact layout, number of detectors, areas protected and system operation is understood and agreed upon. Read the fine print on the contract prior to signing any installation and credit agreement and establish the lawful ownership of the installed system and equipment, the duration of the service and monitoring contract, the warranty and exclusions or any other relevant clauses and facts pertaining to the agreement and contract.