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

July 28, 2021

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As you go about building your smart home, you might have questions about if you'll have to use new components or if you can keep your home security system with existing equipment in Columbia.

If you own something like a exterior camera or a smart light, you may be in luck. You will often be able to keep your existing equipment and switch them to your Vivint security system, but only if they use Z-wave technology and are on the compatibility list with the new system. Here are some familiar Columbia scenarios where you might want to keep your old equipment and link it to the new system.

You’re moving into a home with security alarms

A new house may come with a home security system. All the components work, are hung in the right places, and are ready to go. In this example, just turn on the phone to call and start a new service contract. A Vivint expert will still come out to ensure there are no usability problems, and they could offer ideas on upgrades. It's a fast appointment, and you can have your monitoring set up without paying for any new components -- unless you make additions.

The outgoing owners can move an existing Vivint contract to you for a one-time set-up cost to make the transfer a snap. If the previous owners are moving to an apartment complex or smaller home, you keeping the security service might be a condition of the sale.

You are looking to move and take your existing equipment with you

You might need to take your old smart devices with you to a new home when you move. Luckily, it's pretty simple to accomplish, as many alarms and smart devices are wireless. You can uninstall each device by yourself or contact a Vivint expert to dismantle the system. Then an expert will set up the same features -- and any smart devices you want to add -- in your new house. And your home security contract will stay the same.

You have a simple component and need to build up

Your doorbell camera, smart thermostat, or small door sensor made you see the value of a home security system, and now you need to add on. Don't fret too much if you’ll be hauling away that favorite component because it could link in with your new smart home. Companies like Vivint have created their programs by using the latest technology and welcome 3rd party components.

You may erase the saved data you have in the cloud, as they probably won't transfer into another service provider’s app. But your component will still work like it did when it was a stand-alone alarm or camera. You may even see a couple of new activities that you can use now that the device is part of a bigger smart home.

Contact Vivint for your home security needs

Whether you're want a home security system with existing equipment in Columbia, or you need one customized to your specification, call Vivint. A Vivint professional will discuss your security needs and devise the best solution for your house. Phone (573) 641-8250 or send in the form below to get started.