Rob Gabriele https://www.safehome.org/author/rob-gabriele/

ADT is one of the biggest names in home security today. And there’s good reason for it — they offer their customers some of the highest-quality protections available. Their professional monitoring is some of the best in the industry, and their equipment is user-friendly, top-notch, and professionally installed. They also throw in some home automation features to boot.

The bad news? All of these premium features and services come at a price. ADT is certainly not the cheapest option out there when it comes to home security. Monitoring starts at $45 per month, and the cheapest available equipment package is about $600. While those prices are reasonable for the level of service you’re receiving, it might be more than some consumers are looking to spend.

But don’t think that if you’re shopping on a budget that ADT is out of grasp. If you’re smart about it, you can snag one of these high-end systems for bottom-shelf prices by taking advantage of one of the many deals and sales they offer throughout the year. Check out standard ADT pricing and plans, and then read on for ways you can cut those prices down as much as possible.

Did You Know? Most of these discounts and sales include the stipulation that you sign an ADT contract. This is just par for the course with ADT, whether you take advantage of one of their deals or not. All of their security systems include a contract for 24/7 professional monitoring. The standard contract length is three years, except in California, where it's two years.

Current ADT Deals

As we mentioned, ADT runs lots of sales throughout the year, sales designed to help blunt the high cost of the company’s systems and monitoring plans. You’re not interested in what might happen at some point in the future, though. You’re interested in what you can save right now, today.

Well, you’re in luck, because ADT happens to be running one of the best sales we’ve seen from the company. Basically, you get 30 percent off any package, including the Build Your Own package. In addition, you get a free Nest doorbell if you sign up for the Video and Smart Home package.

And if you’re more interested in going the DIY route, you can get some even deals. ADT’s DIY Starter pack is $209.97, down from $389.96, and the Premium package is at $564.93, down from $744.92. Plus, both of those include the free Nest doorbell.

Discount Codes and Discount Coupons

Of course, sales come and go. They aren’t meant to last forever. If you’re not quite ready to commit to an ADT contract today, you might miss this one. As we say, though, there’s usually another one around the corner. Here are just a few of the deals we’ve seen from ADT in the past:

  • Free Nest Doorbell and Free Nest Cam when you sign up for a 36-month contract (you can read more about these powerful pieces of security equipment in our Google Nest review.
  • 30 percent off a Build Your Own system, with professional monitoring starting at $45.99 per month
  • 30 percent off a Smart Home system, with professional monitoring starting at $49.99 per month
  • 30 percent off and a free video doorbell with a Video and Smart home system, with professional monitoring starting at $59.99 per month
  • 30 percent off site-wide equipment holiday sale
  • 40 percent off select DIY systems
  • Buy one get one free security cameras

FYI: If you’re an ADT customer who’s moving, ADT will typically have you leave your equipment behind at your old house, and they’ll set you up with a new security system and a custom plan at your new place. Plus, you’ll get a nice discount too. Here’s everything you need to know about moving with ADT.

ADT Self Setup

While it’s not necessarily a deal, if you’re handy with a power drill you might consider going the DIY route with your ADT system. For many years, ADT forced customers to pay for professional installation, but in recent years they’ve begun offering this cheaper alternative. And it’s not just about saving on the professional installation. Monitoring plans with these DIY systems are significantly cheaper as well. Yet, you still get the same high-level of monitoring and customer support enjoyed by traditional ADT customers. Read more about this option in our guide to ADT Self Setup.

Moving Specials

ADT never wants to lose your business. They offer moving specials for current and past ADT customers who are relocating. Here are their current deals:

  • $200 off installation. If you’re moving into a new place and need your ADT equipment installed there, you can get $200 off the price if you sign up for a 36 month monitoring contract.
  • Discounts on upgrades: Your new home will likely have different security needs than your previous residence. If so, ADT customers can get some pretty serious discounts to add-on equipment like additional sensors, floodlights, or security cameras.
  • Referral bonus. If you’re an ADT customer that isn’t moving but know someone who is and needs security, you’ll get a $200 referral bonus if they sign up with ADT.

USAA Member Discounts

If you’re a member of USAA (United Services Automobile Association), you’ve got several special deals to choose from. Deals are limited to one per household and cannot be combined with other offers.

  • 10 percent off installation and monthly monitoring charges: If you’re a new customer, this offer is for you. Just sign a 24-to-36-month contract to get 10 percent off installation and monthly monitoring charges.
  • 15 percent off self-installed systems. If you’re handy with a power drill, you can save a few bucks by doing it yourself as a USAA Member.

Did You Know? ADT ranks among the best home automation security systems. You can use it to automate your smart lights and thermostats, and to monitor your smoke alarms, carbon monoxide detectors and more. You’ll manage everything with ADT Control (formerly ADT Pulse) — ADT’s handy security and automation toolset, including a website, app and in-home touch-screen panel.

Lennar Homeowner Discounts

If you live in or are moving to a Lennar Homes community, ADT just might have a special offer for you. In the past, they’ve installed their Safewatch® QuickConnect Plus wireless security system for free when you sign a 36-month contract for professional monitoring. They’ve also offered a $5-per-month discount on your monitoring plan, plus a 10 percent discount on extra equipment and feature upgrades. Give ADT a call to see if they’re still offering Lennar homeowner specials.

Refer-A-Friend Deal

Get a $200 Visa Rewards Card for referring new customers. Just use ADT’s official referral process1 and you’ll receive your $200 prepaid card two to three weeks after your friend’s new security system is installed and their bill is paid. The more friends you refer, the more gift cards you get.

Pro Tip: Read our hands-on ADT review to learn what it’s like living with ADT. Then, compare them to their top competitor, Vivint. Our Vivint home security review is a good place to start.

Veterans Advantage Discount

As a Veterans Advantage member, get a free ADT equipment package and $99 installation (50 percent off) when you sign a three-year contract with ADT. The security package includes up to six door sensors, one motion detector, a keypad, a backup battery, a keychain remote and a window decal. You’ll also get a $100 Visa Rewards Card and one free year of VetRewards added to your current Veterans Advantage subscription term.2

Senior Discounts

ADT offers a few deals for AARP members. These include:

  • 20 percent off installation
  • $2 off monthly monitoring

Not extensive, but it’s something.

The company also offers several discounts on ADT medical alert systems, which are popular with seniors. They have three systems to choose from: Medical Alert Basic (in-home/landline required), Medical Alert Plus (in-home/no landline required) and On-The-Go (mobile/no landline required).

Black Friday and Cyber Monday Sales

Of course, if you can hold off until Thanksgiving — Black Friday and Cyber Monday always follow on its heels. If you time things just right, you can save some serious dough around these major retail holidays. In the past, we’ve seen 10 percent off deals and special offers like discounted installation and free pieces of equipment thrown in for new customers. We can’t guarantee anything, but we’d be shocked if we didn’t see some sort of deal this year.

Homeowner’s Insurance Discount

Many insurance providers offer discounts for homes that are protected by a security system — particularly one with professional monitoring, like ADT. When you sign your ADT contract, they’ll supply you with a certificate to present to your insurance company as evidence of coverage. However, call your insurance carrier before choosing your ADT system so you can find out which security features will get you the best discount. Some insurance carriers offer as much as a 20 percent discount, which can be a huge savings.

And it turns out in some cases, you can get the opposite deal. That is, you can get discounts on your security system when you sign up with your insurer. ADT, for instance, has a current deal where you get a free system, free installation, and $19.99 per month monitoring when you sign up for a homeowner’s policy.

Pro Tip: If you want to optimize your savings, check out our handy blog post on insurance discounts for home security systems. Advanced features like environmental sensors and professional monitoring may get you a bigger discount than a basic home security system alone.

Theft Protection Guarantee

Though this isn’t really a deal or discount, it’s worth mentioning that ADT offers a guarantee against theft. They’ll pay up to $500 of your homeowner’s insurance deductible if you’re the victim of a burglary while your ADT system is active. This is a truly rare guarantee in the home security business, and proof that ADT believes their system will keep your home secure.

Final Thoughts

ADT’s home security systems cost a bit more than average, but they have top-notch features like advanced home automation and 24/7 professional monitoring. To get the most for your money, take advantage of one of ADT’s many discounts, deals, and special promotions. They have a running list of sales on their site, in addition to discounts for veterans, seniors, and other special groups.

Because ADT allows you to pay for your equipment in monthly installments rather than buying it upfront, you should be able to get a system up and running in your home without too many out-of-pocket expenses. And for those with qualifying credit, ADT offers zero percent financing to make protecting your home that much easier.