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

July 28, 2021

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As you go about personalizing your smart home, you could wonder if you'll have to get all new equipment or if you can incorporate your home security system with existing equipment in Omaha.

If you already use a component like a exterior camera or a smart light, you may be in luck. You should be able to keep your old devices and switch them to a Vivint security system, but only if they use Z-wave linking and are compatible with the new system. Here are some popular Omaha scenarios where you may want to use your existing component and add it to the new system.

You’re buying a place with home security devices

A new house may come with an existing home security system. All the alarms and cameras work, are hung in the best places, and are ready to go. In this instance, just pick up the phone to call and start a new monitoring contract. A Vivint expert will still come to your home to ensure there are no compatibility issues, and they might offer options on an upgrade or two. It's a quick visit, and you can have your 24/7 monitoring set up without worrying about any new components -- unless you make additions.

The old homeowners can transfer an existing Vivint contract to you for a nominal transfer fee to make the transfer easier. If the previous owners downsize to an apartment complex or retirement community, turning over the home security contract might be a part of the sale.

You need to move and bring your old components with you

You may want to bring along your existing Vivint system with you to a new place when you move. It should be pretty easy to do, as most alarms and smart devices are portable. You can uninstall each device yourself or use a professional expert to come and dismantle your devices. Then a pro will put in the same components -- and any smart services you need to add -- in your new place. And your home security contract will remain the same.

You use a simple component and are looking to build up

Your exterior camera, smart thermostat, or small motion detector helped you take notice of the benefits of a security system, and now you are thinking to build on. Don't worry too much if you’ll be tossing away that favorite device because it may fit into your new system. Companies like Vivint have created their programs by using the latest technology and welcome 3rd party components.

You may lose the video clips you collected, as they probably won't integrate into the Vivint app. But your smart item will still operate like it did when it was an individual device. You could even find a few new actions available now that the device is is linked to a larger home security system.

Contact Vivint for all your smart home needs

Whether you're want a home security system with existing equipment in Omaha, or you’d rather get one personalized with all new components, contact Vivint. A Vivint expert will discuss your security needs and devise the best solution for your family. Phone (402) 925-9471 or complete the form below to get started.