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Home Insurance discount for security system

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Newbie
Nov 20, 2007
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Toronto

Home Insurance discount for security system

Has anyone here found an affordable way to get the discounts offered by insurance companies for a security system? I'm with Personal Group and they offered 5% for a self-monitored security system and 10% for a monitored security / fire system.

I was thinking about getting a cheap self-monitored system but I was a little surprised to see the prices ($200+) and they also look like a huge hassle to set up. Doesn't seem worth it if the primary purpose is to get a discount.
I called to ask what qualifies as a security system - like could I just put in a camera somewhere? They said there were no specifics as to what qualified as a system.

Anyone have any experience with this? I'm trying to find a way to lower my premium as my rate is going up 25% this year! (and my quick price comparisons online have found it would be even more to go with another provider). Never had a claim or an issue but I guess rates are going up everywhere....
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Jr. Member
Oct 6, 2015
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Toronto, ON
I found out that home insurance premium is actually negotiable, just call and say you are not renewing, magically a discount will become available.
[OP]
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Nov 20, 2007
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Toronto
Oh really? I hadn't even considered that. I will give it a shot.
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Aug 22, 2011
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I have Ring Alarm (24/7 monitoring), which costs USD $100/year (hardware costs separate)
With that being said, it only got me an a $10 monthly discount on my home insurance.
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Aug 22, 2011
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fitzy7 wrote:
Jun 13th, 2019 11:30 am
Oh really? I hadn't even considered that. I will give it a shot.
YMMV (nearly impossible)...this is the insurance industry we're talking about.
I'm on my 5th insurer in less than a decade and none batted an eye when I left.
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Newbie
Nov 20, 2007
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Toronto
Yes I am currently on the phone attempting it, and it doesn't sound like its going to end in my favour haha
Jr. Member
Oct 6, 2015
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Toronto, ON
Sorry to hear if it didn't work in your favour, it was free to try anyway. :)
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Mar 21, 2019
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I get a whole $55 annual discount off my home insurance for a monitored burglar and fire system.
The monthly fee with an installed basic system, including monitoring and mobile app control is $40 a month.
So in my opinion, it will never make sense from a financial perspective (saving on home insurance), as your monthly fee will equal 10x your savings at the end of each year.
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Oct 7, 2007
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I asked my insurance provider (TDMM) what kind of discount I get for my security alarm and I think they said it was $7 for the entire year. I asked them to take the discount off and charge me the extra $7 because I don't always set the alarm and I don't want to lose my coverage if the one time I get broken into I didn't actually have it on and for $7 I invalidated my coverage. They still left it on but it might be something to think about if you don't always set your alarm EVERY SINGLE TIME you leave your home.
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Jan 19, 2007
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xxgosokxx wrote:
Jun 13th, 2019 10:32 am
I found out that home insurance premium is actually negotiable, just call and say you are not renewing, magically a discount will become available.
Willing to share with whom as insurer?

The game with the big insurers is bundling products (home, auto, etc.) and not from jumping from one insurer to next.
But may be I am wrong.
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Apr 19, 2010
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We have a wired and monitored (24/7) home security system.

We get a 10% discount on the insurance premium for our home.

Paid around $1,600 back in 2010 for the system and it is $21/month for monitoring.

I will tell you this: Don't get a home alarm due to trying to save home insurance costs....you will never recoup the capital investment.

We got it for peace of mind and safety, especially that we have kids now.

Sometimes....that is more important.
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Mar 21, 2019
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kanewtz wrote:
Jun 20th, 2019 7:30 pm
I will tell you this: Don't get a home alarm due to trying to save home insurance costs....you will never recoup the capital investment.
This exactly
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Aug 22, 2011
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kanewtz wrote:
Jun 20th, 2019 7:30 pm
We have a wired and monitored (24/7) home security system.

We get a 10% discount on the insurance premium for our home.

Paid around $1,600 back in 2010 for the system and it is $21/month for monitoring.

I will tell you this: Don't get a home alarm due to trying to save home insurance costs....you will never recoup the capital investment.

We got it for peace of mind and safety, especially that we have kids now.

Sometimes....that is more important.
Agreed, but mine will be paid off in 3yrs, with the 15% discount I'm receiving.
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masterman wrote:
Jun 20th, 2019 7:36 pm
This exactly
100% agree. The sound the alarm makes when it goes enough is scary enough to deter potential intruders.

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