Things for consideration: 

7-inch touch screens. Wireless sensors that are encrypted. A platform that is home automation ready. Do you want to live monitoring or not? Smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. What about contracts? What are the upsides and downsides to contracts? What are our “we can’t live without home automation devices?” What is the most basic system I can get away with and still be secure? Do I need and which is best, Landline, cellular or internet connection? What about hardwired vs. wireless? 

There is not necessarily one answer to any one of these questions. The answers can depend a lot on the type of home or building. What you’re trying to secure. Do you want security just while you’re gone, 24/7 or something in between? We would love to work with you and help you navigate these questions as the answers can take you in dramatically different directions.