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

July 28, 2021

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When deciding on what company you’ll choose for a customized smart home, you might wonder if you need to use brand-new equipment or if you can use your home security system with existing equipment in Columbia.

For a company like Vivint, that solution depends on the circumstances. You will often be able to take your existing equipment and switch them to a Vivint system, but only if they use Z-wave technology and are on the compatibility list with the new system. Here are a few reasons to keep your existing component and slip it into the new system.

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

Sometimes when you purchase a home, a security system is already installed. All the components function well, are installed in the best spaces, and are ready to go. In this example, you might find that you have to call and start a new monitoring contract. A Vivint installer will still come out to ensure there are no integration problems, and they might offer options on where you should replace bad outdated components. It's a fast trip, and you can get your monitoring set up without having a bill for any new components -- unless you add on.

The old homeowners can move an existing Vivint contract to you for a small transfer fee to make the process easier. If the owners are moving to a condo or smaller home, transferring the security contract may be a condition of the sale.

You want to move and take your old equipment with you

You may want to bring along your existing Vivint system with you to your new house when you move. Luckily, it's fairly easy to transfer, as modern smart devices are plug and play. You can remove each component yourself or call a Vivint expert to take down the system. Then an expert will hang the same components -- and any additions you need to make -- in the new home. Your home security contract will stay the same.

You have a starter component and need to build up

Your exterior camera, garage door sensor, or small motion detector helped you take notice of the value of a security system, and now you are thinking to add on. Don't worry too much if you’ll be throwing away that lone device because it might fit into your new home security system. Companies like Vivint have built their programs by using the latest technology and welcome 3rd party devices.

You might erase the saved data you collected, as they might not transfer into another service provider’s app. But your smart item will still work like it would when it was an individual alarm or camera. You might even see some new activities available now that the component’s within a bigger smart home.

Contact Vivint for your smart home needs

Whether you're getting a home security system with existing equipment in Columbia, or you’d rather get one customized with all new components, contact Vivint. A Vivint agent will discuss your needs and find the best mixture for your house. Phone (803) 921-0946 or send in the form below to start.