How Much Does A Home Security System Cost?
Let’s say a homeowner wants to purchase a brand new home security system and have it professionally monitored. What’s that system going to cost them if they buy it in San Antonio or Austin?
When it comes to pricing, you need to make sure you know what you’re getting for your money. Realistically, the price will vary from homeowner to homeowner. But generally, homeowners should plan their budgets around two cost factors:
- System installation pricing between $199 to $1,000+ (depending on hardware needs)
- Monitoring pricing between $14.95 and $39.95 per month
These are wide price ranges. So we don’t blame you for wondering what goes into them. If we break these installation and monitoring prices down, we get:
- Labor, equipment and activation fees make up the lion’s share of installation costs. This is true even in the age of DIY equipment, especially because some insurance companies require professional installations. Plus, they last longer and can be serviced by a local company if something goes wrong.
- The type of monitoring (landline or cellular) along with the number of sensors monitored make up the majority of the monitoring cost. In particular, remote access from mobile phones is state-of-the-art technology that tends to cost a bit more per month.
This article looks at all of these price factors in greater detail. We’ll also look at ways a homeowner in San Antonio or Austin can save money on their security systems with tax breaks, insurance policies and more.
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The cost of a security system installation
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As we mentioned above, the price of a security system installation ranges between $199 and $1,000+ for most residential properties in San Antonio or Austin. But we can break this price range down by looking at three important price factors:
- Activation fees
Factor #1: Labor
When a security company provides a quote for an installation, they’re factoring in how many hours it will take to complete that job. Bigger jobs require more labor and have a higher total cost.
Labor costs vary wildly between contractors. Even if two security companies can complete the job in exactly the same time, the cost of labor will almost certainly be different because of the differences in hourly rates.
Some of the reasons for higher labor rates include:
- Local, responsive, 24/7 service support
- Years of experience
- Proof of value (more testimonials and reviews)
- Larger overhead costs (for equipment, supplies, insurance etc.)
One way to avoid labor costs altogether is to purchase a DIY security system. These systems, however, carry risks which are worth noting:
- Professional security consultants can spot blind spots in a residential surveillance system that a homeowner may not have seen, but a burglar might.
- Customer support is rarely local and problems are often troubleshooted over the phone rather than in person.
- It’s up to the homeowner to go online for instructions on how to operate their new system, rather than have a professional teach them after the install.
- DIY systems can malfunction if not properly installed and rely on owner’s ability to maintain the system
Price factor #2: Equipment
It will come as no surprise that equipment costs will carry the largest price tag of a professional installation. And the more equipment a homeowner purchases, the more expensive the install.
Some of the most popular security equipment we install include: