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Can I use a new home security system with existing equipment in Columbus?

July 28, 2021

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When looking at which service you’ll try for your home security, you could wonder if you need to get brand-new equipment or if you can incorporate your home security system with existing equipment in Columbus.

For a company like Vivint, that answer depends on the situation. You should be able to take your existing equipment and move them to a Vivint security system, but only if they use Z-wave sensors and are on the compatibility list with the new system. Here are a few reasons to keep your preowned device and add it to the new system.

You moved into a home with an existing home security system

Sometimes when you purchase a home, a security system is already in use. All the devices work, are installed in the best places, and are ready to go. In this case, you might discover that you have to call and start a new monitoring contract. A Vivint professional will still show up to ensure there are no integration issues, and they might offer suggestions on where you should replace bad outdated components. It's a preliminary trip, and you can have your 24/7 monitoring set up without paying for any new alarms and cameras -- unless you make additions.

The outgoing homeowners can transfer an existing Vivint contract to your family for a one-time set-up cost to make the process simpler. If the outgoing residents downsize to an apartment or retirement community, you keeping the home security service might be an addendum of the sale.

You are looking to move and take your existing components with you

You may want to bring along your existing smart devices with you to a new house when you move. It should be pretty easy to accomplish, as most alarms and smart devices are wireless. You can uninstall each component by yourself or call a professional installer to come and take care of everything. Then a pro will hang the same features -- and any additions you want to have -- in your new place. And your home security contract will stay the same.

You own a simple alarm or camera and need to add on

Your exterior camera, garage door sensor, or small glass break sensor made you see the benefits of a security system, and now you want to build on. Don't worry too much about hauling away that starter device because it may fit into your new home security system. Security services like Vivint have built their systems from the ground up and allow 3rd party components.

You might lose the video clips you saved, as they won’t move over into another service provider’s app. But your component will still handle like it would when it was a stand-alone component. You may even discover a couple of new options that you can use now that the device is is linked to a bigger home security system.

Get a hold of Vivint for your security needs

Whether you're setting up a home security system with existing equipment in Columbus, or you need one built with all new components, look to Vivint. A Vivint professional will talk through your security needs and devise the best system for your family. Call (614) 820-1364 or complete the form below to get started.