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

July 28, 2021

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As you start personalizing your new security system, you might wonder if you need to use all new components or if you can incorporate your home security system with existing equipment in Albany.

If you have a device like a doorbell camera or a smart lock, you might be in luck. You will often be able to take your old components and move them to a Vivint system, but only if they have Z-wave linking and are on the compatibility list with the new system. Here are some common Albany scenes where you could want to use your preowned equipment and add it to your new system.

You’re relocating to a house with home security alarms

A new home may come with an existing security system. All the alarms and cameras function well, are installed in the correct places, and are ready to go. In this case, just pick up the phone to call and set up a new contract. A Vivint expert will still show up to make sure there are no compatibility issues, and they may offer suggestions on an upgrade or two. It's a fast trip, and you can get your alarm monitoring set up without having a bill for any new alarms and cameras -- unless you make additions.

The previous owners can give an existing Vivint contract to your family for a one-time set-up cost to make your life easier. If the owners downsize to a condo or retirement community, you keeping the security contract might be a part of the sale.

You need to move and bring your old equipment with you

You might want to take your existing Vivint system with you to a new home when you move. That’s pretty simple to accomplish, as most alarms and smart devices are plug and play. You can take down each component by yourself or use a Vivint expert to come and take down the system. Then a pro will put in the same features -- and any smart items you want to add -- in your new home. The home security contract will remain the same.

You own a simple device and are looking to add on

Your doorbell camera, garage door sensor, or small glass break sensor made you take notice of the value of a smart home, and now you want to build on. Don't fret too much about hauling away that starter device because it might link in with your new system. Security companies like Vivint have crafted their systems meticulously and can manage many modern components.

You might erase the codes and clips you collected, as they won’t move over into a different mobile app. But your device will still handle like it did when it was a stand-alone alarm or camera. You might even see a few new actions available now that the device is within a larger security system.

Contact Vivint for all your security needs

Whether you're want a home security system with existing equipment in Albany, or you need one personalized with all new components, call Vivint. A Vivint professional will discuss your security checklist and devise the best solution for your family. Phone (518) 900-7096 or fill out the form below to get started.