Prices from Grand Alarms for garage door opener/central vac/alarm
Of all the things we were offered, we are most seriously debating the following:
-Installing a full conduit (basement to attic?) for future ease of installation of any wiring that we do not wish to install now. Conduit is $300. While we won't have an immediate need for it, we figure it will save headaches in the future. Do most people concur?
For now we are just sticking to the builder's standard of a phone jack in each bedroom and in kitchen. As well, we get two cable outlets. We will put one in family room and one in office (one of the bedrooms). Will we need a Cat5 outlet as well? I'm thinking no, since we just use the cable outlet for internet.
-Garage door opener: We aren't really impressed with their pricing. They quoted us $399 for a Chamberlain Lift Master 1/2 HP, chain unit. This would include opener, control panel, 2 remote controls, keypad, and installation. Comes with lifetime warranty. We don't really need the keypad and could install a unit ourselves. We are pretty confident we could find a similar unit and install it ourselves for less money. Opinions?
-Central vaccum: They charge $299 to terminate the canister into the garage (standard is basement); this doesn't include any equipment. For canisters, we were quoted $800 for the Frigidaire FG460, $950 for the Frigidaire FG2825, and a 50% off price of $550 for the "Homewave". They didn't have a specs sheet on the Homewave but its supposed to be their newest and best product with better specs than the FG2825. Its regularily $999. These prices would include installation. The $299 fee to terminate into the garage is not included. These fees do not include a hose/brush/tool kit.
Are these prices reasonable? Should we just pay to terminate the canister to the garage and install a unit later to give us more time to shop around?
If it matters, we have hardwood/tile on the main, broadloom runner on hardwood stairs, and broadloom on the second floor. Home is 2228 sq feet.
-Alarm: We aren't really thinking of putting one in. Though they charge zero for rough in, installation and hardware. They do charge $25/month for monitoring. Minimum of 5 year contract. If we cancel contract or move and new owner doesn't want it, we have to pay out remaining months or find someone to take over our contract.
Anything else, wiring wise, we should consider?