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Can I get a new home security system with existing equipment in Charlottesville?

July 28, 2021

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As you research the different home security companies you can use, you could wonder if you'll have to buy all new components or if you can use your home security system with existing equipment in Charlottesville.

Using previously installed components depends on the circumstance. You can take your old components and transfer them to your Vivint security system, but only if they use Z-wave technology and are on the compatibility list with the new system. Here are three scenarios where you may be able to use your preowned device and add it to the new system.

Your new place has an existing home security system

Many times after you buy a new house, you’ll see that the old owners used a security system. All the devices function well, are installed in the best spaces, and are ready to go. In this instance, all you may have to do is to call and start a new service contract. A Vivint expert will still show up to make sure there are no usability issues, and they could offer options on upgrades. It's a fast appointment, and you can get your 24/7 monitoring set up without worrying about any new components -- unless you add on.

The previous owners can give an existing Vivint contract to your family for a small transfer fee to make the process easier. If the outgoing residents are downsizing to a condo or retirement community, turning over the security contract might be a condition of the sale.

You want to move and take your existing components with you

You might want to bring your favorite home security components with you to a new home when you move. It should be pretty simple to do, as many components are portable. You can uninstall each component yourself or call a professional expert to take down everything. Then our installers will put in the same components -- and any new items you want -- in your new place. Your home security contract will stay the same.

You use a starter alarm or camera and need to add on

Your exterior camera, smart lock, or small door sensor made you take notice of the value of a home security system, and now you are thinking to expand. Don't worry too much about tossing away that lone alarm or camera because it might link in with your new smart home. Companies like Vivint have crafted their programs from the ground up and allow most Z-wave components.

You may erase the saved data you collected, as they probably won't transfer into a different mobile app. But your device will still work like it did when it was a single component. You might even find a couple of new options available now that it's part of a larger smart home.

Call Vivint for all your smart home needs

Whether you're getting a home security system with existing equipment in Charlottesville, or you want one personalized with all new components, call Vivint. A Vivint professional will listen to your security checklist and devise the best mixture for your family. Phone (434) 404-5302 or send in the form below to begin.