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

July 28, 2021

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When figuring out which place you’ll choose for a customized smart home, you could wonder if you should use all new components or if you can keep your home security system with existing equipment in Charleston.

For a smart home provider like Vivint, that answer depends on the circumstances. You can take your old devices and transfer them to your Vivint security system, but only if they are built with Z-wave technology and are on the compatibility list with the new system. Here are a few reasons to use your preowned component and add it to the new system.

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

Sometimes when people buy a home, a modern security system is already established. All the components function well, are installed in the best places, and are ready to go. In this case, you might see that you have to call and set up a new contract. A Vivint expert will still come to your home to ensure there are no compatibility issues, and they may offer suggestions on where you should replace bad outdated components. It's a fast appointment, and you can get your alarm monitoring set up without having a bill for any new components -- unless you make additions.

The outgoing homeowners can move an existing Vivint contract to your family for a one-time set-up fee to make the process simpler. If the owners downsize to an apartment complex or retirement community, you keeping the home security service might be a condition of the sale.

You want to move and take your old components with you

You might need to bring your favorite smart devices with you to your new house when you move. That’s fairly simple to do, as modern components are wireless. You can remove each alarm or camera by yourself or contact a professional installer to come and take down everything. Then an expert will set up the same components -- and any additions you need to put in -- in your new home. Your home security contract will remain the same.

You use one device and need to build up

Your doorbell camera, smart thermostat, or small motion detector helped you see the advantages of a home security system, and now you need to expand. Don't fret too much if you’ll be tossing away that starter device because it could link in with your new system. Companies like Vivint have built their services from the ground up and can manage many modern components.

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

Get a hold of Vivint for all your smart home needs

Whether you're setting up a home security system with existing equipment in Charleston, or you want one personalized with all new components, look to Vivint. A Vivint agent will talk through your needs and find the best system for your home. Call (304) 902-6244 or fill out the form below to begin.