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

July 28, 2021

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As you look around at the different security services you can use, you might wonder if you need to use all new equipment or if you can keep your home security system with existing equipment in Boston.

Using existing components depends on the situation. You will often be able to keep your existing devices and switch them to a Vivint system, but only if they are built with Z-wave linking and are compatible with the new system. Here are three scenarios where you might be able to use your old component and slip it into the new system.

Your new home has a pre-installed home security system

Many times after you close on a home, you’ll find that the previous owners left a smart home system. All the devices work, are placed in the best places, and are ready to go. In this instance, all you might have to do is to call and establish a new monitoring contract. A Vivint expert will still show up to make sure there are no integration problems, and they might offer options on where you should replace bad outdated components. It's a preliminary appointment, and you can get your monitoring set up without worrying about any new alarms and cameras -- unless you make additions.

The old owners can move an existing Vivint contract to your family for a one-time transfer cost to make your life a snap. If the owners are moving to an apartment or retirement community, transferring the security service may be an addendum of the sale.

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

You may need to bring your old smart devices with you to your new place when you move. Luckily, it's pretty easy to do, as many components are plug and play. You can remove each component yourself or use a professional expert to take care of everything. Then our installers will set up the same devices -- and any new things you want -- in the new home. Your home security contract will stay the same.

You use a simple device and are looking to add on

Your doorbell camera, garage door sensor, or small motion detector helped you notice the benefits of a home security system, and now you need to expand. Don't worry too much about hauling away that favorite component because it may fit into your new system. Companies like Vivint have created their programs from the ground up and allow 3rd party alarms and cameras.

You might erase the codes and clips you have in the cloud, as they might not integrate into the Vivint app. But your device will still work like it would when it was a stand-alone device. You might even find some new options that you can use now that it's part of a larger security system.

Contact Vivint for all your home security needs

Whether you're setting up a home security system with existing equipment in Boston, or you’d rather get one personalized from the ground up, contact Vivint. A Vivint expert will discuss your needs and devise the best solution for your home. Call (617) 826-8647 or complete the form below to start.