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Can I install a home security system with existing equipment in Grand Rapids?

July 28, 2021

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As you look around at the different security companies you can use, you could wonder if you'll have to get all new alarms and sensors or if you can use your home security system with existing equipment in Grand Rapids.

Using existing alarms and cameras depends on the circumstance. You should be able to take your old components and switch them to a Vivint security system, but only if they have Z-wave linking and are compatible with the new system. Here are three scenarios where you may be able to keep your old component and add it to your new system.

Your new place has a pre-existing security system

Many times after you buy a house, you’ll find that the old owners didn’t take a security system. All the devices work, are hung in the best areas, and are ready to go. In this instance, all you may have to do is to call and establish a new contract. A Vivint installer will still come to your home to ensure there are no integration problems, and they could offer options on where you should replace bad outdated components. It's a fast trip, and you can get your 24/7 monitoring set up without paying for any new devices -- unless you get some new devices.

The outgoing homeowners can give an existing Vivint contract to you for a one-time transfer fee to make the transfer simpler. If the owners downsize to an apartment complex or retirement community, turning over the security contract might be an addendum of the sale.

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

You may need to bring your favorite smart devices with you to your new house when you move. It should be pretty easy to accomplish, as many components are portable. You can take down each device by yourself or call a Vivint installer to take down your devices. Then an expert will hang the same components -- and any new things you need -- in the new house. The home security contract will keep the same.

You use one component and are looking to add on

Your exterior camera, smart thermostat, or small glass break sensor made you notice the advantages of a smart home, and now you need to expand. Don't fret too much if you’ll be tossing away that starter component because it may link in with your new home security system. Security companies like Vivint have built their programs meticulously and allow 3rd party alarms and cameras.

You may erase the saved data you collected, as they probably won't move over into a different mobile app. But your component will still operate like it did when it was a single device. You may even see a couple of new actions available now that the component’s is linked to an all-around security system.

Call Vivint for your security needs

Whether you're getting a home security system with existing equipment in Grand Rapids, or you want one built from the ground up, contact Vivint. A Vivint expert will talk through your security needs and devise the best system for your family. Call (616) 747-8419 or fill out the form below to begin.