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

July 28, 2021

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As you research the different home security services you can use, you could wonder if you'll have to buy brand-new equipment or if you can incorporate your home security system with existing equipment in Fort Smith.

Using previously installed components depends on the situation. You will often be able to keep your existing components and move them to a Vivint smart home, but only if they use Z-wave linking and are on the compatibility list with the new system. Here are three scenarios where you may be able to use your preowned equipment and add it to the new system.

Your new place has a pre-installed security system

Many times after you purchase a new house, you’ll find that the old owners used a smart home system. All the devices work, are placed in the correct spaces, and are ready to go. In this instance, all you may have to do is to call and start a new monitoring contract. A Vivint professional will still come to your home to make sure there are no integration problems, and they could offer options on upgrades. It's a preliminary trip, and you can have your monitoring set up without paying for any new alarms and cameras -- unless you get some new devices.

The outgoing owners can give an existing Vivint contract to you for a nominal set-up fee to make the transfer easier. If the owners are moving to a condo or smaller home, transferring the home security service might be a part of the sale.

You are looking to move and bring your home security components with you

You might want to take your existing home security components with you to your new place when you move. That’s pretty easy to do, as many alarms and smart devices are wireless. You can remove each alarm or camera yourself or use a professional installer to come and dismantle your devices. Then an expert will hang the same devices -- and any new devices you need -- in your new home. The home security contract will keep the same.

You have a simple alarm or camera and need to build up

Your exterior camera, garage door sensor, or small glass break sensor made you see the value of a smart home, and now you need to expand. Don't fret too much about tossing away that favorite component because it may link in with your new system. Security services like Vivint have crafted their systems meticulously and welcome 3rd party devices.

You might erase the video clips you saved, as they probably won't integrate into another service provider’s app. But your component will still handle like it would when it was an individual component. You could even discover a few new activities that you can use now that the device is within a bigger security system.

Contact Vivint for your home security needs

Whether you're getting a home security system with existing equipment in Fort Smith, or you’d rather get one personalized with all new components, contact Vivint. A Vivint agent will listen to your security needs and find the best system for your home. Call (479) 370-4503 or complete the form below to get started.