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

July 28, 2021

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As you look around at the different smart home companies you can use, you could wonder if you should use brand-new alarms and sensors or if you can keep your home security system with existing equipment in Jacksonville.

Using previously installed devices depends on the situation. You can keep your existing components and move them to your Vivint system, but only if they have Z-wave technology and are able to sync with the new system. Here are three scenarios where you might be able to use your existing component and add it to your new system.

Your new home has a pre-installed security system

Many times after you purchase a home, you’ll see that the old owners left a home security system. All the devices work, are placed in the best spaces, and are ready to go. In this instance, all you might have to do is to call and set up a new service contract. A Vivint installer will still show up to ensure there are no integration problems, and they might offer suggestions on an upgrade or two. It's a preliminary visit, and you can get your alarm monitoring set up without worrying about any new alarms and cameras -- unless you get some new devices.

The old homeowners can give an existing Vivint contract to you for a small transfer fee to make your life simpler. If the outgoing residents are moving to an apartment or smaller home, transferring the Vivint contract may be a condition of the sale.

You need to move and take your existing devices with you

You may need to bring your old smart devices with you to a new house when you move. It should be fairly simple to accomplish, as most components are plug and play. You can remove each component by yourself or use a Vivint installer to take down your devices. Then a pro will hang the same devices -- and any new things you need -- in the new place. The home security contract will keep the same.

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

Your interior camera, smart thermostat, or small door sensor helped you see the advantages of a home security system, and now you are thinking to expand. Don't fret too much if you’ll be tossing away that starter component because it could integrate with your new smart home. Companies like Vivint have crafted their programs meticulously and welcome 3rd party alarms and cameras.

You could erase the saved data you have in the cloud, as they probably won't move over into the Vivint app. But your smart item will still operate like it did when it was a single component. You may even see a few new actions that you can use now that the component’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 Jacksonville, or you’d rather get one built to your specification, call Vivint. A Vivint agent will talk through your security checklist and devise the best system for your house. Call (904) 977-6139 or complete the form below to begin.