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Can I install a new home security system with existing equipment in Bloomington?

July 28, 2021

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When deciding on which company you’ll choose for a customized smart home, you might wonder if you need to get new components or if you can use your home security system with existing equipment in Bloomington.

For a smart home provider like Vivint, that solution depends on the circumstances. You can take your old equipment and switch them to your Vivint system, but only if they use Z-wave linking and are on the compatibility list with the new system. Here are a few reasons to keep your existing device and link it to your new system.

You moved into a house with a pre-existing home security system

Sometimes when you close on a home, a security system is already in use. All the alarms and cameras work, are hung in the right areas, and are ready to go. In this case, you might discover that you have to call and establish a new contract. A Vivint expert will still come out to make sure there are no compatibility issues, and they might offer options on upgrades. It's a fast trip, and you can have your monitoring set up without paying for any new alarms and cameras -- unless you add on.

The outgoing owners can transfer an existing Vivint contract to your family for a nominal set-up cost to make your life simpler. If the previous owners downsize to a condo or retirement community, transferring the home security contract may be an addendum of the sale.

You need to move and take your old components with you

You may need to take your old home security components with you to your new place when you move. Luckily, it's fairly simple to transfer, as most smart devices are wireless. You can uninstall each component yourself or contact a professional installer to take care of everything. Then a pro will hang the same devices -- and any additions you need to make -- in the new house. The home security contract will remain the same.

You use a starter alarm or camera and need to build up

Your doorbell camera, smart lock, or small door sensor helped you take notice of the advantages of a home security system, and now you want to build on. Don't fret too much if you’ll be tossing away that starter device because it might fit into your new smart home. Security companies like Vivint have built their services from the ground up and allow most Z-wave alarms and cameras.

You might erase the saved data you collected, as they won’t transfer into another service provider’s app. But your component will still work like it did when it was a single alarm or camera. You may even find a couple of new actions that you can use now that the component’s within a bigger smart home.

Get a hold of Vivint for all your home security needs

Whether you're want a home security system with existing equipment in Bloomington, or you’d rather get one customized to your specification, call Vivint. A Vivint expert will discuss your security needs and find the best solution for your house. Phone (812) 579-4884 or fill out the form below to get started.