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

July 28, 2021

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As you start personalizing your home’s security, you may wonder if you'll have to use brand-new components or if you can use your home security system with existing equipment in Gaithersburg.

If you already use a device like a interior camera or a motion detector, you might be in luck. You will often be able to keep your existing components and switch them to your Vivint smart home, but only if they are built with Z-wave sensors and are on the compatibility list with the new system. Here are some common Gaithersburg scenarios where you could want to use your existing device and add it to the new system.

You’re moving into a house with home security devices

A new house may come with an existing security system. All the alarms and cameras function well, are hung in the right areas, and are ready to go. In this instance, just turn on the phone to call and establish a new service contract. A Vivint expert will still come to your home to make sure there are no usability issues, and they might offer ideas on an upgrade or two. It's a fast appointment, and you can have your alarm monitoring set up without having a bill for any new alarms and cameras -- unless you make additions.

The previous homeowners can transfer an existing Vivint contract to your family for a nominal transfer fee to make the transfer a snap. If the owners are downsizing to an apartment complex or smaller home, transferring the security service might be a part of the sale.

You need to move and take your existing equipment with you

You might want to bring your favorite 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 device yourself or call a Vivint expert to come and take down the system. Then a pro will hang the same features -- and any smart services you want to add -- in the new home. Your home security contract will keep the same.

You own a starter component and need to add on

Your exterior camera, smart lock, or small glass break sensor made you see the value of a smart home, and now you need to expand. Don't fret too much about tossing away that starter alarm or camera because it might link in with your new system. Companies like Vivint have built their services meticulously and allow 3rd party alarms and cameras.

You might lose the saved data you collected, as they probably won't integrate into a different mobile app. But your device will still handle like it would when it was a single alarm or camera. You may even discover a few new activities that you can use now that the device is part of an all-around smart home.

Contact Vivint for all your security needs

Whether you're getting a home security system with existing equipment in Gaithersburg, or you need one personalized with all new components, contact Vivint. A Vivint professional will listen to your security needs and will build the best mixture for your home. Phone (301) 923-4670 or send in the form below to begin.