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Can I get a new home security system with existing equipment in Oakland?

July 28, 2021

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When looking at which company you’ll use for your home security, you might wonder if you need to buy new equipment or if you can incorporate your home security system with existing equipment in Oakland.

For a smart home provider like Vivint, that answer depends on the situation. You should be able to take your old equipment and move them to a Vivint system, but only if they use Z-wave sensors and are on the compatibility list with the new system. Here are a few reasons to use your existing equipment and add it to the new system.

You moved into a house with an existing home security system

Sometimes when people purchase a home, a security system is already established. All the components function well, are placed in the best spaces, and are ready to go. In this example, you might see that you have to call and set up a new monitoring contract. A Vivint installer will still show up to make sure there are no integration issues, and they might offer ideas on upgrades. It's a quick trip, and you can have your monitoring set up without worrying about any new alarms and cameras -- unless you add on.

The outgoing owners can move an existing Vivint contract to you for a nominal set-up fee to make your life simpler. If the previous owners are moving to an apartment complex or retirement community, transferring the security contract may be an addendum of the sale.

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

You may need to bring along your existing smart devices with you to a new house when you move. That’s fairly simple to accomplish, as modern components are wireless. You can uninstall each component yourself or call a Vivint installer to come and take down your devices. Then an expert will set up the same components -- and any additions you want to put in -- in your new house. And your home security contract will stay the same.

You have a starter device and need to build up

Your exterior camera, smart thermostat, or small glass break sensor helped you see the value of a home security system, and now you are thinking to add on. Don't worry too much about tossing away that starter alarm or camera because it could link in with your new system. Security companies like Vivint have created their systems meticulously and allow 3rd party devices.

You could lose the video clips you collected, as they probably won't move over into another service provider’s app. But your component will still work like it would when it was a single component. You might even discover a couple of new actions available now that it's within an all-around home security system.

Call Vivint for your home security needs

Whether you're setting up a home security system with existing equipment in Oakland, or you want one personalized to your specification, call Vivint. A Vivint professional will talk through your needs and devise the best solution for your home. Phone (510) 281-3999 or complete the form below to begin.