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

July 28, 2021

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When figuring out which place you’ll choose for your home security, you could wonder if you need to use all new components or if you can use your home security system with existing equipment in Cincinnati.

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

You moved into a house with an existing security system

Sometimes when you close on a home, a security system is already installed. All the alarms and cameras work, are installed in the correct areas, and are ready to go. In this case, you might find that you have to call and start a new monitoring contract. A Vivint expert will still come out to make sure there are no usability problems, and they might offer options on upgrades. It's a preliminary appointment, and you can get your alarm monitoring set up without paying for any new components -- unless you add on.

The outgoing homeowners can give an existing Vivint contract to you for a one-time transfer cost to make the process easier. If the owners are downsizing to an apartment complex or smaller home, turning over the home security contract might be a condition of the sale.

You are looking to move and take your old devices with you

You may want to bring along your old smart devices with you to a new place when you move. That’s pretty easy to accomplish, as many components are portable. You can take down each component yourself or use a Vivint installer to come and take down everything. Then our installers will hang the same features -- and any additions you want to put in -- in your new home. The home security contract will stay the same.

You use a simple alarm or camera and are looking to build up

Your interior camera, smart lock, or small door sensor helped you notice the value of a security system, and now you are thinking to build on. Don't fret too much if you’ll be throwing away that starter device because it could link in with your new smart home. Companies like Vivint have built their services from the ground up and allow most Z-wave devices.

You may erase the saved data you have in the cloud, as they won’t integrate into a different mobile app. But your component will still work like it did when it was a single device. You may even see some new actions available now that the component’s is linked to an all-around security system.

Contact Vivint for your home security needs

Whether you're want a home security system with existing equipment in Cincinnati, or you want one customized with all new components, look to Vivint. A Vivint professional will listen to your needs and will build the best system for your house. Call (513) 506-9171 or complete the form below to get started.