2426 River Road
Missoula, MT 59804
(406) 728-4546
464 Ash Road Suite C
Kalispell, MT 59901
(406) 752-6624

1-800-344-4546

How To Choose

Astronaut Alan Shepard said “It's a very sobering feeling to be up in space and realize that one's safety factor was determined by the lowest bidder on a government contract.”

 

We all know that it is wise to shop for the lowest price on a known commodity like an automobile or a TV. However, seeking the lowest bid on brain surgery isn't advisable. Nor does it make sense when looking for a company to take care of protecting your loved ones, office staff, personal possessions or business equipment. When seeking bids on an alarm system, consider the following:

 

  • Bids only reflect price, not value. Most people know little about the ways that companies can cut corners putting together an alarm system until it’s too late.
  • Something has to be cut in order to deliver that low price – either equipment quality or labor, training and experience.
  • What will happen after the sale? You want to choose a company that has knowledge and experience with the products they install and the ability to provide support for those products. The installation is only the beginning of the relationship.
  • Look for an alarm company’s specialized experience in design, proper installation and wiring techniques, building codes, safety and security issues.
  • Ask about the level of technician training and make sure that the technicians are State licensed by both the security board and the fire boards.
  • Do some research. Start by getting referrals, particularly from reliable sources with alarm systems. Did they get the finished product and services they contracted for? Are they happy with their ongoing customer service?

19th century economist John Ruskin wrote: “It is unwise to pay too much, but it is worse to pay too little. When you pay too much, you lose a little money - that is all. When you pay too little, you sometimes lose everything because the thing you bought was incapable of doing the thing it was bought to do."

 

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