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

July 28, 2021

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When looking at what service you’ll try for your home security, you may have questions about if you need to use new alarms and sensors or if you can use your home security system with existing equipment in Washington DC.

For a company like Vivint, that answer depends on the circumstances. You can keep your existing devices and move them to your Vivint system, but only if they have Z-wave linking and are compatible with the new system. Here are a few reasons to keep your preowned device and slip it into the new system.

You moved into a home with an existing home security system

Sometimes when people purchase a home, a home security system is already in use. All the alarms and cameras work, are placed in the correct areas, and are ready to go. In this example, you might see that you have to call and set up a new contract. A Vivint installer will still come to your home to ensure there are no compatibility problems, and they might offer ideas on upgrades. It's a fast appointment, and you can have your monitoring set up without having a bill for any new alarms and cameras -- unless you add on.

The old owners can transfer an existing Vivint contract to your family for a one-time transfer cost to make your life easier. If the owners downsize to an apartment or smaller home, turning over the Vivint service might be a part of the sale.

You are looking to move and take your old components with you

You might need to bring your favorite smart devices with you to your new place when you move. That’s fairly easy to do, as many components are portable. You can remove each component yourself or call a professional expert to come and take down the system. Then our installers will hang the same components -- and any additions you want to put in -- in your new place. The home security contract will keep the same.

You have one device and are looking to build up

Your exterior camera, garage door sensor, or small glass break sensor made you see the advantages of a smart home, and now you are thinking to expand. Don't worry too much if you’ll be tossing away that lone component because it may fit into your new home security system. Security companies like Vivint have built their programs from the ground up and can manage 3rd party components.

You could erase the saved data you have in the cloud, as they probably won't move over into another service provider’s app. But your smart item will still operate like it did when it was an individual alarm or camera. You could even see a couple of new activities available now that it's part of a larger security system.

Get a hold of Vivint for all your security needs

Whether you're setting up a home security system with existing equipment in Washington DC, or you need one customized from the ground up, call Vivint. A Vivint expert will listen to your security needs and find the best mixture for your family. Call (202) 780-3214 or complete the form below to get started.