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

July 28, 2021

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When looking at what place you’ll use for your home security, you might wonder if you need to get new components or if you can incorporate your home security system with existing equipment in Arlington.

For a smart home provider like Vivint, that answer depends on the situation. You should be able to take your existing components and transfer them to your Vivint smart home, but only if they use Z-wave linking and are able to sync with the new system. Here are a few reasons to keep your preowned component and add it to your new system.

You moved into a home with an existing home security system

Sometimes when you purchase a house, a home security system is already in use. All the components work, are installed in the right areas, and are ready to go. In this example, you might see that you have to call and establish a new contract. A Vivint expert will still show up to ensure there are no integration issues, and they may offer options on an upgrade or two. It's a quick visit, and you can have your monitoring set up without paying for any new components -- unless you get some new devices.

The previous homeowners can move an existing Vivint contract to you for a one-time set-up fee to make the transfer easier. If the outgoing residents downsize to an apartment complex or smaller home, turning over the security contract might be a part of the sale.

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

You might need to bring your existing home security components with you to your new house when you move. Luckily, it's fairly easy to accomplish, as modern components are plug and play. You can uninstall each device by yourself or contact a professional expert to dismantle the system. Then a pro will put in the same components -- and any additions you need to put in -- in the new home. The home security contract will remain the same.

You use a starter device and want to add on

Your doorbell camera, smart thermostat, or small door sensor helped you notice the advantages of a home security system, and now you need to add on. Don't fret too much about throwing away that lone component because it may integrate with your new system. Security services like Vivint have crafted their systems from the ground up and allow 3rd party devices.

You might erase the saved data you saved, as they won’t transfer into another service provider’s app. But your component will still operate like it did when it was a stand-alone component. You could even find a few new actions that you can use now that the device is part of a bigger security system.

Call Vivint for all your smart home needs

Whether you're getting a home security system with existing equipment in Arlington, or you’d rather get one built with all new components, call Vivint. A Vivint professional will discuss your needs and will build the best system for your home. Call (703) 791-1576 or send in the form below to begin.