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

July 28, 2021

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As you start personalizing your home’s security, you might have questions about if you should buy all new components or if you can incorporate your home security system with existing equipment in Evanston.

If you already use a device like a exterior camera or a motion detector, you might be in luck. You can take your old devices and switch them to your Vivint system, but only if they have Z-wave technology and are compatible with the new system. Here are some familiar Evanston scenarios where you may want to keep your preowned component and link it to the new system.

You’re moving into a place with home security devices

A new house may come with a security system. All the devices work, are hung in the correct spaces, and are ready to go. In this example, just turn on the phone to call and set up a new contract. A Vivint professional will still show up to ensure there are no compatibility problems, and they may offer options on an upgrade or two. It's a quick trip, and you can have 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 you for a small transfer cost to make your life easier. If the owners downsize to a condo or smaller home, transferring the home security service might be a condition of the sale.

You need to move and take your existing devices with you

You may want to bring your existing Vivint system with you to a new house when you move. Luckily, it's fairly simple to transfer, as many components are plug and play. You can remove each alarm or camera yourself or use a professional expert to come and take down your devices. Then an expert will set up the same features -- and any smart items you want to add -- in your new house. Your home security contract will keep the same.

You use one alarm or camera and need to add on

Your exterior camera, smart thermostat, or small door sensor made you notice the advantages of a home security system, and now you want to add on. Don't fret too much about hauling away that favorite device because it could fit into your new system. Companies like Vivint have created their programs from the ground up and allow many modern alarms and cameras.

You might lose the video clips you collected, as they won’t transfer into another service provider’s app. But your device will still operate like it would when it was a single component. You might even find a couple of new activities available now that the device is part of a larger security system.

Contact Vivint for all your security needs

Whether you're getting a home security system with existing equipment in Evanston, or you want one personalized to your specification, look to Vivint. A Vivint professional will talk through your needs and find the best system for your home. Call (847) 925-7636 or complete the form below to get started.