5 things to consider as you shop for ADT alternatives
You're pretty sure ADT-monitored home security system isn't a good fit for you, but the number of other home alarm system options is overwhelming. Where to start? Here are some things to consider as you shop around for an alternative to ADT.
1. How long do you expect to live in your current home?
Long contracts, a complicated moving policy, and high termination fees, are a big frustration for ADT customers, especially when an unexpected move hits.
If you think you might relocate within the next three years or you just don't want to be locked into a contract, look for a home security company with a portable security alarm system or no contracts or termination fees.
2. How much do you want to pay?
Getting a security system for free may seem tempting, but those systems are very basic, and they come with the burden of a three-year contract. Adding in extras like cameras and smart home control will cost you more in equipment, installation fees, and monthly monitoring fees.
It all adds up, and to get what you want, you may end up paying a lot more in the long run. Take the time to compare the costs over the course of three years before you decide which alarm system is right for you.
3. Do you want professional or DIY installation?
One of the strengths of an ADT-monitored system is its fleet of experienced technicians who can get your alarm system up and running for you without you having to do a thing.
But that installation comes with an extra fee, and many companies are now offering systems that require little to no technical expertise to install so you can do it yourself.
ADT alternatives include both DIY and professionally installed alarm systems, so it's important to consider which you'd be more comfortable with.
4. Do you want professional or DIY monitoring?
Just like with installation, you can go with a professional or a DIY option when it comes to monitoring your alarm system. ADT's mandatory professional monitoring with redundant security monitoring centers is great, but it definitely ups your monthly fees. If you want the reassurance of the ADT name without higher monthly costs, check out Blue by ADT, the company's DIY option.
There are companies out there offering a choice between professional monitoring through a monitoring center, self monitoring through an alarm app, or some combination of the two. It's a good idea to decide which feels right to you before you start shopping around.
5. Do you already own smart devices that may be incorporated into your new security system?
If you've already invested in smart home devices like a Nest thermostat, Amazon Echo, or Ring doorbell, you’ll probably want to find an alarm system that works with what you have so you can operate everything from one place.
While few alarm systems out there are compatible with everything, many are increasing their integrations every day, so it's a good idea to check and see what's compatible with your favorite devices.