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

July 28, 2021

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When deciding on what place you’ll try for your home security, you might wonder if you need to buy all new components or if you can use your home security system with existing equipment in Tuscaloosa.

For companies like Vivint, that solution depends on the circumstances. You should be able to keep your old components and move them to your Vivint security system, but only if they are built with Z-wave linking and are on the compatibility list with the new system. Here are a few reasons to use your preowned equipment and add it to your new system.

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

Sometimes when people purchase a home, a security system is already in use. All the alarms and cameras function well, are installed in the right places, and are ready to go. In this instance, you might see that you have to call and establish a new contract. A Vivint professional will still show up to ensure there are no compatibility problems, and they may offer options on an upgrade or two. It's a quick appointment, and you can have your alarm monitoring set up without having a bill for any new components -- unless you get some new devices.

The previous homeowners can give an existing Vivint contract to your family for a small transfer cost to make the process simpler. If the previous owners are moving to an apartment or smaller home, turning over the Vivint contract might be an addendum of the sale.

You want to move and bring your home security equipment with you

You may need to bring along your favorite home security components with you to a new house when you move. It should be fairly simple to transfer, as most smart devices are plug and play. You can take down each alarm or camera yourself or call a Vivint installer to take care of your devices. Then a pro will put in the same features -- and any additions you want to put in -- in the new home. The home security contract will keep the same.

You use a starter component and are looking to add on

Your doorbell camera, garage door sensor, or small glass break sensor made you take notice of the benefits of a security system, and now you need to expand. Don't worry too much if you’ll be throwing away that starter alarm or camera because it could fit into your new smart home. Security companies like Vivint have created their systems by using the latest technology and allow most Z-wave alarms and cameras.

You might lose the video clips you saved, as they probably won't integrate into a different mobile app. But your smart item will still work like it did when it was a single alarm or camera. You might even see a couple of new actions available now that it's is linked to a larger security system.

Get a hold of Vivint for all your security needs

Whether you're want a home security system with existing equipment in Tuscaloosa, or you’d rather get one built to your specification, call Vivint. A Vivint expert will talk through your security needs and devise the best solution for your house. Call (205) 964-9849 or fill out the form below to begin.