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

July 28, 2021

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When figuring out what service you’ll use for your home security, you might wonder if you should buy new alarms and sensors or if you can keep your home security system with existing equipment in Chicago.

For a smart home provider like Vivint, that solution depends on the situation. You will often be able to keep your existing devices and switch them to a Vivint system, but only if they use Z-wave sensors and are on the compatibility list with the new system. Here are a few reasons to keep your existing device and add it to the new system.

You moved into a house with a pre-installed security system

Sometimes when people close on a home, a home security system is already established. All the devices function well, are placed in the correct spaces, and are ready to go. In this instance, you might find that you have to call and set up a new service contract. A Vivint expert will still come out to ensure there are no compatibility issues, and they could offer options on an upgrade or two. It's a preliminary appointment, and you can have your 24/7 monitoring set up without worrying about any new components -- unless you add on.

The previous homeowners can give an existing Vivint contract to your family for a nominal transfer cost to make the transfer simpler. If the previous owners are downsizing to an apartment complex or smaller home, you keeping the home security contract might be a condition of the sale.

You are looking to move and bring your old equipment with you

You may need to take your favorite home security components with you to a new place when you move. Luckily, it's fairly simple to transfer, as modern components are wireless. You can remove each alarm or camera yourself or call a Vivint expert to come and take down everything. Then our installers will set up the same features -- and any additions you want to have -- in the new home. Your home security contract will remain the same.

You use a starter alarm or camera and need to add on

Your exterior camera, garage door sensor, or small motion detector helped you take notice of the advantages of a home security system, and now you need to build on. Don't fret too much about tossing away that starter device because it may fit into your new home security system. Companies like Vivint have created their systems from the ground up and welcome many modern components.

You might erase the video clips you collected, as they probably won't transfer into another service provider’s app. But your smart item will still operate like it would when it was a stand-alone component. You may even find a couple of new activities that you can use now that it's within an all-around security system.

Get a hold of Vivint for all your smart home needs

Whether you're want a home security system with existing equipment in Chicago, or you want one personalized from the ground up, contact Vivint. A Vivint expert will discuss your needs and find the best mixture for your family. Call (312) 626-4802 or fill out the form below to start.