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Can I install a new home security system with existing equipment in Champaign?

July 28, 2021

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

Using your own alarms and cameras depends on the circumstance. You can keep your old devices and transfer them to a Vivint smart home, but only if they are built with Z-wave technology and are compatible with the new system. Here are three scenarios where you might be able to keep your existing equipment and add it to your new system.

Your new house has a pre-installed home security system

Many times after you buy a home, you’ll see that the old owners didn’t take a home security system. All the alarms and cameras work, are installed in the best areas, and are ready to go. In this instance, all you may have to do is to call and start a new contract. A Vivint professional will still come out to ensure there are no usability issues, and they might offer options on upgrades. It's a preliminary trip, and you can get your alarm monitoring set up without having a bill for any new devices -- unless you add on.

The outgoing homeowners can give an existing Vivint contract to your family for a small transfer fee to make your life simpler. If the outgoing residents are moving to an apartment complex or retirement community, transferring the security contract may be a part of the sale.

You want to move and bring your home security devices with you

You may need to bring along your old Vivint system with you to a new place when you move. Luckily, it's fairly simple to transfer, as most components are wireless. You can uninstall each alarm or camera yourself or contact a professional expert to come and take down your devices. Then our installers will set up the same features -- and any new things you need -- in your new home. And your home security contract will stay the same.

You have a starter component and are looking to build up

Your doorbell camera, garage door sensor, or small glass break sensor made you notice the advantages of a smart home, and now you want to build on. Don't worry too much about tossing away that lone device because it could fit into your new smart home. Security services like Vivint have crafted their programs from the ground up and welcome 3rd party components.

You might erase the codes and clips you saved, as they probably won't transfer into the Vivint app. But your smart item will still work like it did when it was a stand-alone device. You may even discover a few new actions available now that the device is within an all-around home security system.

Contact Vivint for your security needs

Whether you're setting up a home security system with existing equipment in Champaign, or you want one customized with all new components, contact Vivint. A Vivint agent will listen to your security needs and will build the best solution for your home. Call (217) 759-1212 or fill out the form below to start.