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

July 28, 2021

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As you research the different smart home services you can use, you could wonder if you need to buy new equipment or if you can incorporate your home security system with existing equipment in Rochester.

Using your own devices depends on the situation. You should be able to keep your existing equipment and move them to a Vivint smart home, but only if they have Z-wave sensors and are on the compatibility list with the new system. Here are three scenarios where you may be able to use your old equipment and add it to your new system.

Your new place has a pre-existing security system

Many times after you purchase a new house, you’ll see that the previous owners left a smart home system. All the devices work, are hung in the right spaces, and are ready to go. In this case, all you might have to do is to call and set up a new service contract. A Vivint installer will still show up to make sure there are no integration problems, and they could offer options on where you should replace bad outdated components. It's a quick trip, and you can have your alarm monitoring set up without worrying about any new alarms and cameras -- unless you get some new devices.

The outgoing homeowners can move an existing Vivint contract to you for a small set-up cost to make your life simpler. If the owners are downsizing to a condo or smaller home, transferring the home security contract may be an addendum of the sale.

You need to move and bring your existing devices with you

You may want to bring your old home security components with you to a new place when you move. Luckily, it's fairly simple to do, as most components are wireless. You can take down each alarm or camera by yourself or call a professional installer to come and take down the system. Then our installers will hang the same devices -- and any new devices you need -- in your new place. Your home security contract will remain the same.

You use one component and want to add on

Your doorbell camera, smart lock, or small motion detector helped you notice the benefits of a home security system, and now you need to build on. Don't worry too much if you’ll be tossing away that lone alarm or camera because it may link in with your new smart home. Companies like Vivint have built their services by using the latest technology and welcome many modern components.

You might erase the saved data you collected, as they won’t integrate into a different mobile app. But your device will still work like it did when it was a stand-alone component. You could even find a couple of new options that you can use now that the device is is linked to an all-around security system.

Contact Vivint for your smart home needs

Whether you're want a home security system with existing equipment in Rochester, or you’d rather get one built with all new components, call Vivint. A Vivint agent will talk through your security checklist and devise the best system for your home. Phone (585) 534-3389 or complete the form below to get started.