If you go with ADT's traditional home security setup, you're going to pay an installation fee.
That fee depends on the plan you select and the custom equipment you choose.
And you may also need to shell out some extra cash for any equipment upgrades you add on. The bad news is that you might not know what that extra cost is until your installation actually happens.
But with most ADT plans, your equipment costs are rolled into your monthly service fee, which means no big out-of-pocket costs to get started.
If you go with a Blue by ADT DIY security system, you'll need to pay for all the equipment you want up front. Blue's build-your-own security kit starts at around $110, but it only includes the bare minimum: your security system hub and the keypad. There's not even one sensor included.
However, other packages include between 8 and 15 pieces, which include those important sensors that you need. Those range anywhere from around $200 to $350, but only one of those packages includes a security camera.
The higher-end $350 package has a doorbell cam. So if you add cameras to your Blue by ADT setup, it's definitely going to raise that price. And Blue by ADT's cameras range from $60 for their indoor camera to $200 for their smart camera options.
Monitoring for ADT starts around $29, and that's just for basic landline monitoring. So that means you're not going to get any high-tech extras like the mobile app, push notifications, video clips, or smart home integration.
From there, packages range between about $45 and $60 a month for your monitoring service. The more bells and whistles you want—things like video, home automation, and mobile app control—the more that monthly fee is going to go up.
And here's the real clincher: with ADT, you have to have a monthly fee. There is no option for you to monitor an ADT system on your own. So you can't buy the equipment and then just use an app to watch your home by yourself.
The best thing about Blue monitoring is it's just like nearly every other DIY home security system out there: straightforward, simple, and cheaper.
No matter what equipment package you choose with Blue, pro monitoring is going to run you $20 a month. That will include the mobile app, smart home control, and video monitoring (if you add cameras to your system).
But Blue by ADT actually lets you opt out of monthly monitoring altogether. So if you don't want a monthly fee at all, you automatically get access to the Blue by ADT mobile app, meaning you can keep an eye on your home and your security system sensors all by yourself.
But just remember that if you do opt for self-monitoring, that means it's up to you to call for help if something happens.