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Can I install a new home security system with existing equipment in St. Paul?

July 28, 2021

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As you ask around about the different security companies you can use, you could have questions about if you should use all new equipment or if you can keep your home security system with existing equipment in St. Paul.

Using previously installed alarms and cameras depends on the situation. You will often be able to keep your old devices and switch them to a Vivint system, but only if they are built with Z-wave linking and are able to sync with the new system. Here are three scenarios where you may be able to use your existing device and add it to the new system.

Your new place has an existing security system

Many times after you close on a new house, you’ll notice that the previous owners left a home security system. All the devices function well, are installed 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 contract. A Vivint professional will still come to your home to ensure there are no usability problems, and they may offer ideas on an upgrade or two. It's a preliminary trip, and you can have your 24/7 monitoring set up without having a bill for any new alarms and cameras -- unless you make additions.

The outgoing owners can give an existing Vivint contract to your family for a one-time set-up fee to make the transfer simpler. If the previous owners are moving to a condo or retirement community, turning over the home security contract might be a condition of the sale.

You want to move and bring your existing devices with you

You may need to bring your favorite smart devices with you to a new place when you move. Luckily, it's pretty simple to accomplish, as most smart devices are wireless. You can take down each component by yourself or contact a Vivint expert to come and take down everything. Then a pro will hang the same components -- and any new items you want -- in your new home. And your home security contract will remain the same.

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

Your interior camera, garage door sensor, or small motion detector helped you take notice of the advantages of a home security system, and now you want to build on. Don't worry too much if you’ll be hauling away that starter device because it might fit into your new system. Security companies like Vivint have built their systems by using the latest technology and allow 3rd party alarms and cameras.

You could lose the saved data you saved, as they probably won't move over into another service provider’s app. But your smart item will still handle like it did when it was a stand-alone component. You may even see some new actions available now that the device is within a bigger smart home.

Contact Vivint for your security needs

Whether you're setting up a home security system with existing equipment in St. Paul, or you want one personalized from the ground up, call Vivint. A Vivint expert will listen to your needs and devise the best system for your house. Phone (651) 240-6686 or fill out the form below to start.