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

July 28, 2021

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As you ask around about the different security services you can use, you might have questions about if you'll have to get new components or if you can incorporate your home security system with existing equipment in Cedar Rapids.

Using existing devices depends on the situation. You should be able to take your old equipment and transfer them to a Vivint security system, but only if they have Z-wave sensors and are compatible with the new system. Here are three scenarios where you may be able to keep your preowned component and slip it into the new system.

Your new house has a pre-existing home security system

Many times after you purchase a home, you’ll see that the old owners used a smart home system. All the components work, are hung in the correct areas, and are ready to go. In this case, all you might have to do is to call and start a new monitoring contract. A Vivint installer will still show up to make sure there are no integration issues, and they might offer options on upgrades. It's a quick 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 give an existing Vivint contract to you for a one-time transfer cost to make your life easier. If the outgoing residents downsize to an apartment complex or smaller home, transferring the Vivint contract might be an addendum of the sale.

You need to move and take your old equipment with you

You might want to bring your existing home security components with you to a new home when you move. Luckily, it's pretty simple to transfer, as many smart devices are wireless. You can take down each device yourself or use a Vivint installer to take down your devices. Then our installers will hang the same devices -- and any new items you need -- in your new home. The home security contract will keep the same.

You own a simple device and need to add on

Your exterior camera, garage door sensor, or small glass break sensor helped you notice the benefits of a home security system, and now you want to build on. Don't fret too much if you’ll be tossing away that favorite device because it might integrate with your new home security system. Security services like Vivint have crafted their systems by using the latest technology and allow most Z-wave alarms and cameras.

You could erase the video clips you saved, as they won’t transfer into another service provider’s app. But your device will still operate like it would when it was a stand-alone device. You may even see a few new activities available now that the component’s part of a larger home security system.

Contact Vivint for all your security needs

Whether you're want a home security system with existing equipment in Cedar Rapids, or you need one personalized to your specification, look to Vivint. A Vivint agent will listen to your needs and devise the best mixture for your house. Call (319) 419-4827 or send in the form below to begin.