Investing in a home security system is one of the most important things you can do for your home and family. Like any important investment however, finding out the cost will determine what you buy. ADT is one of the largest home security companies and yet discovering the exact ADT cost can be confusing and somewhat difficult.

The Protect America advantage is unlike any other. Why should safeguarding your home involve installation costs or equipment charges? We believe peace of mind is priceless, but it should be affordable nonetheless. No installation, equipment fees. Also, we provide a lifetime guarantee on our security systems, unlike ADT, who charges an extra monthly fee for their maintenance plan. While ADT is one of the largest and oldest home security companies, they still can’t compete with some of the more innovative, affordable, and user-friendly companies that have emerged in it’s shadow. ADT’s website does not provide very many instances of concrete pricing for customers to see. Their lack of transparency can make it difficult to budget and plan for the cost of a home security system.

While Protect America and ADT both offer quality security monitoring, they go about it in different ways. For instance, Protect America offers self-install systems while all of ADT systems are professionally installed. The goal of this post is to clarify how much ADT actually costs in comparison to Protect America. That way, you will have the confidence to choose the best provider for your individual needs.


Pricing and Packages

ADT’s site can be confusing at times. There are several categories and types of home security which can seem overwhelming to new customers, especially if it is your first time taking a look at security options. ADT’s cheapest package runs at $36.99 and can range up to $52.99 depending on what you choose to include in your system. For basic landline monitoring, ADT charges $36.99. If you are shopping for a basic landline system, you probably shouldn’t even consider ADT’s offering here, because Protect America has a much stronger package at $19.99.

  • Essentials Package: $36.99/month
  • Essentials Plus Package: $42.99/month
  • Total Protection Package: $42.99/month
  • Total Protection Plus Package: $42.99/month
  • Premium Package: $52.99/month

Things to Note

An important thing to know is that these package prices for ADT cost does not include installation. ADT usually charges an additional $99 installation fee but it can increase to nearly $200. With a professionally monitored DIY security system like Protect America, installation fees are never a concern. Also, your monthly monitoring prices can randomly increase mid-contract at ADT? ADT has been sued for raising their rates without notifying customers in the past.

ADT required customers to enter into two- or three-year contracts, in which the company reserved the right to raise monthly fees after the first year. The lawsuit alleged that by failing to advise customers how much the rate increase would be, ADT violated contract disclosure requirements in California’s Unruh Act.

Protect America keeps your monitoring rate the same for the life of your contract. ADT can increase your monthly monitoring rate every year after the first year. It’s hidden in their Terms and Conditions. Also consider the warranty you’ll receive when you decide to purchase home security from any given company. A lot of times, companies will lock you into a 3-year contract but only guarantee a 1-year warranty. This type of set-up doesn’t seem right to us. If any part of your Protect America system breaks, we replace it.

With our Lifetime Replacement Parts warranty, you can take comfort in knowing your home is safe and sound. At ADT, if your system malfunctions, they will charge you for the replacement of partsunless of course, you pay extra for their ADT maintenance plan. 

Hidden Costs

One more thing to note with ADT is their fees for moving. Moving from place to place is already a major hassle. However, sometimes it is necessary. Protect America tried to make it as easy as possible for you by providing free relocation kits. That way, you can take you home security system with you! On the other hand, ADT could cost you hundreds of dollars when you move.

Home security companies that sell wired security systems often require additional fees for relocation. Some companies make it nearly impossible to move your system without having to cancel service. If you may move in the future be sure to note the fees associated with whichever company you choose. Protect America’s service and wireless home security systems are transferrable to your new home for free!


The Bottom Line

ADT is an industry giant. They charge higher prices for the same service and products you’ll receive elsewhere. If you’re interested in finding the most efficient method to protect your home, contact Protect America today for an obligation-free quote. A professionally monitored system, with an installation process that’s as easy as peal-and-stick, Protect America has been an industry leader for over 26 years. Let the professionals ensure your security so you can ensure peace of mind.