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

July 28, 2021

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As you look around at the different security companies you can use, you could have questions about if you need to get brand-new equipment or if you can keep your home security system with existing equipment in Joliet.

Using existing devices depends on the situation. You can keep your old components and transfer them to a Vivint system, but only if they are built with Z-wave sensors and are on the compatibility list with the new system. Here are three scenarios where you may be able to keep your old device and add it to the new system.

Your new place has an existing home security system

Many times after you close on a house, you’ll see that the previous owners didn’t take a smart home system. All the alarms and cameras function well, are placed in the right spaces, and are ready to go. In this instance, all you may have to do is to call and start a new service contract. A Vivint professional will still come to your home to make sure there are no integration problems, and they might offer suggestions on an upgrade or two. It's a fast visit, and you can have your alarm monitoring set up without having a bill for any new alarms and cameras -- unless you add on.

The previous owners can give an existing Vivint contract to you for a nominal transfer fee to make the transfer simpler. If the previous owners are downsizing to an apartment or retirement community, transferring the home security contract may be a condition of the sale.

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

You may want to bring along your favorite smart devices with you to a new home when you move. That’s pretty simple to do, as many components are portable. You can uninstall each component yourself or contact a Vivint expert to come and dismantle your devices. Then a pro will set up the same features -- and any new items you want -- in your new home. The home security contract will stay the same.

You use a simple device and want to build up

Your interior camera, smart thermostat, or small door sensor made you see the advantages of a smart home, and now you are thinking to add on. Don't fret too much about throwing away that lone component because it might link in with your new smart home. Security services like Vivint have crafted their systems by using the latest technology and welcome most Z-wave alarms and cameras.

You could erase the saved data you saved, as they might not integrate into another service provider’s app. But your smart item will still handle like it did when it was a single alarm or camera. You might even see some new actions that you can use now that the component’s within a larger smart home.

Get a hold of Vivint for your home security needs

Whether you're setting up a home security system with existing equipment in Joliet, or you’d rather get one personalized from the ground up, look to Vivint. A Vivint professional will talk through your security checklist and devise the best system for your home. Phone (815) 427-4864 or fill out the form below to get started.