When it comes to choosing a new home security system — prepare to be overwhelmed. Well, you don’t have to be, but it’s easy to get confused by the myriad of choices out there. While selection is always a good thing, it’s not always so easy to figure out what’s best for you and your home. It’s important that your home security system is a good fit, is in your budget and meets your needs.

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SimpliSafe And ADT: Two Completely Different Companies

ADT is a well-known and trusted brand with a long history of service in the home security industry. SimpliSafe is a newer yet well-respected player that offers something completely different to home security customers: Flexibility. But which should you choose? The answer depends on several factors. How important is flexibility to you? Are you okay with a DIY approach to installation? Do you prefer a more traditional system from a company that’s been around longer? What are you willing to spend on a home security system?

Ultimately the choice is up to your own preference, lifestyle and budget.

Let’s Look At What ADT Offers

ADT offers three main packages for their security and their base package requires that you have a landline. Cellular monitoring costs extra. Upgraded packages also include video monitoring and home automations features.

ADT does not have a DIY option — you must have your system installed by them. There are usually specials for installation and startup. One of the most significant differences between ADT and SimpliSafe is the contract.

You have to sign up for a minimum of 36 months when you purchase security from ADT. This helps keep your costs low, but doesn’t offer flexibility.

How Does SimpliSafe Stack Up?

One of the first differences you’ll notice is that with Simplisafe, you purchase the equipment up front. This means you’ll likely have a larger start-up cost right away — but not always. If you are living in a smaller home or apartment, your starter kit will likely cost less than the installation and start-up costs of an ADT system.

There are several other packages you can choose from, and you can “build your own” to suit your needs. Simplisafe also recently introduced and HD camera, which is sold separately.

With that said, once you purchase your kit, you own it. Monthly monitoring costs for SimpliSafe are as low as 14.99 per month. You can upgrade to a more expensive plan, or downgrade if you need less. And, since plans are on a month-to-month basis — you aren’t stuck with a contract and you can cancel at any time.

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Also, you’ll be installing your system on your own. There is tech support, of course, and the system is wireless and easy to install, no wires or drilling!

These features make SimpliSafe ideal for people living in apartments or rentals who want a flexible system that moves with them.

So which will you choose? Are you interested in monitored home security? Get your free quote from Protect America today.