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

July 28, 2021

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As you research the different security services you can use, you might wonder if you'll have to buy brand-new alarms and sensors or if you can use your home security system with existing equipment in Greenville.

Using your own alarms and cameras depends on the situation. You will often be able to take your old components and transfer them to a Vivint security system, but only if they have Z-wave technology and are able to sync with the new system. Here are three scenarios where you may be able to keep your preowned device and slip it into the new system.

Your new place has an existing security system

Many times after you buy a new house, you’ll find that the old owners left a smart home system. All the alarms and cameras work, are installed in the best places, and are ready to go. In this instance, all you might have to do is to call and establish a new service contract. A Vivint installer will still come out to ensure there are no compatibility problems, and they might offer options on an upgrade or two. It's a preliminary appointment, and you can have your monitoring set up without worrying about any new devices -- unless you add on.

The old homeowners can give an existing Vivint contract to you for a nominal transfer cost to make the process easier. If the outgoing residents are downsizing to an apartment complex or retirement community, turning over the Vivint contract might be a condition of the sale.

You are looking to move and take your home security equipment with you

You may want to take your existing home security components with you to your new house when you move. It should be fairly easy to transfer, as modern alarms and smart devices are wireless. You can take down each alarm or camera by yourself or use a professional installer to take down the system. Then a pro will set up the same devices -- and any new items you want -- in the new house. Your home security contract will remain the same.

You have a simple device and need to build up

Your interior camera, smart lock, or small motion detector helped you notice the advantages of a security system, and now you are thinking to build on. Don't fret too much if you’ll be tossing away that favorite device because it may fit into your new home security system. Security companies like Vivint have created their programs meticulously and allow most Z-wave components.

You might lose the video clips you have in the cloud, as they probably won't integrate into the Vivint app. But your smart item will still work like it did when it was a single component. You may even see some new options that you can use now that the device is is linked to a bigger home security system.

Call Vivint for all your smart home needs

Whether you're getting a home security system with existing equipment in Greenville, or you need one built to your specification, call Vivint. A Vivint expert will talk through your security checklist and will build the best solution for your house. Call (252) 648-6502 or complete the form below to get started.