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

July 28, 2021

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When figuring out which place you’ll use for a customized smart home, you might wonder if you should get brand-new alarms and sensors or if you can keep your home security system with existing equipment in Kalamazoo.

For companies like Vivint, that solution depends on the circumstances. You should be able to keep your existing components and transfer them to a Vivint system, but only if they use Z-wave sensors and are compatible with the new system. Here are a few reasons to use your preowned equipment and link it to your new system.

You moved into a place with a pre-installed security system

Sometimes when you close on a home, a security system is already installed. All the devices work, are hung in the right spaces, and are ready to go. In this case, you might find that you have to call and set up a new monitoring contract. A Vivint expert will still come to your home to make sure there are no compatibility problems, and they may offer options on upgrades. It's a quick trip, and you can have your monitoring set up without having a bill for any new components -- unless you add on.

The previous owners can give an existing Vivint contract to your family for a nominal transfer cost to make the process simpler. If the previous owners are downsizing to a condo or retirement community, turning over the Vivint contract may be a condition of the sale.

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

You may need to take your favorite Vivint system with you to your new house when you move. That’s fairly easy to accomplish, as many smart devices are portable. You can remove each alarm or camera by yourself or call a professional expert to come and dismantle the system. Then an expert will set up the same devices -- and any additions you want to have -- in your new place. The home security contract will remain the same.

You own one alarm or camera and are looking to add on

Your doorbell camera, smart thermostat, or small glass break sensor helped you notice the advantages of a smart home, and now you need to expand. Don't worry too much if you’ll be hauling away that starter device because it could integrate with your new system. Security services like Vivint have built their services meticulously and allow many modern components.

You may lose the saved data you have in the cloud, as they probably won't transfer into the Vivint app. But your device will still handle like it did when it was an individual device. You might even find a few new options that you can use now that the component’s part of a larger home security system.

Contact Vivint for all your smart home needs

Whether you're setting up a home security system with existing equipment in Kalamazoo, or you want one customized to your specification, look to Vivint. A Vivint agent will discuss your needs and find the best system for your house. Phone (269) 280-0186 or fill out the form below to begin.