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

July 28, 2021

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As you start customizing your new security system, you might have questions about if you should use all new equipment or if you can use your home security system with existing equipment in McAllen.

If you have a device like a interior camera or a motion detector, you might be in luck. You should be able to take your old equipment and switch them to a Vivint security system, but only if they are built with Z-wave sensors and are able to sync with the new system. Here are some common McAllen scenarios where you may want to use your existing component and slip it into your new system.

You’re buying a house with home security devices

A new house may come with an existing security system. All the devices function well, are placed in the right places, and are ready to go. In this case, just get the phone to call and start a new contract. A Vivint expert will still come out to make sure there are no usability problems, and they might offer suggestions on upgrades. It's a preliminary appointment, and you can get your alarm monitoring set up without having a bill for any new components -- unless you make additions.

The outgoing homeowners can move an existing Vivint contract to your family for a nominal transfer fee to make your life simpler. If the outgoing residents downsize to an apartment complex or smaller home, turning over the security service may be a condition of the sale.

You need to move and take your existing equipment with you

You might need to take your old Vivint system with you to a new house when you move. Luckily, it's fairly easy to accomplish, as many components are plug and play. You can remove each device yourself or call a professional expert to come and take care of everything. Then a pro will hang the same components -- and any smart services you want to add -- in the new place. And your home security contract will keep the same.

You have a simple component and are looking to add on

Your exterior camera, garage door sensor, or small glass break sensor made you notice the value of a home security system, and now you are thinking to expand. Don't worry too much if you’ll be hauling away that starter alarm or camera because it may link in with your new system. Security services like Vivint have crafted their programs from the ground up and allow 3rd party alarms and cameras.

You may lose the saved data you saved, as they probably won't integrate into another service provider’s app. But your smart item will still operate like it would when it was an individual alarm or camera. You could even see some new activities available now that it's is linked to a bigger smart home.

Call Vivint for your smart home needs

Whether you're getting a home security system with existing equipment in McAllen, or you want one personalized with all new components, contact Vivint. A Vivint agent will talk through your security needs and will build the best system for your house. Call (956) 303-1646 or fill out the form below to begin.