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

July 28, 2021

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As you start customizing your smart home, you could have questions about if you'll have to buy new components or if you can incorporate your home security system with existing equipment in Portland.

If you have something like a interior camera or a smart light, you may be in luck. You can keep your old components and move them to your Vivint smart home, but only if they have Z-wave linking and are on the compatibility list with the new system. Here are some familiar Portland scenes where you might want to use your existing component and link it to your new system.

You’re moving into a house with home security devices

A new home may come with an existing home security system. All the components function well, are installed in the correct spaces, and are ready to go. In this example, just get the phone to call and start a new contract. A Vivint professional will still come to your home to ensure there are no compatibility issues, and they might offer suggestions 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 alarms and cameras -- unless you add on.

The outgoing homeowners can transfer an existing Vivint contract to you for a nominal transfer fee to make the process simpler. If the previous owners are moving to an apartment complex or smaller home, you keeping the home security service might be a condition of the sale.

You want to move and bring your existing devices with you

You might want to bring along your old smart devices with you to your new place when you move. Luckily, it's pretty easy to accomplish, as most smart devices are portable. You can take down each alarm or camera by yourself or contact a professional installer to come and dismantle your devices. Then our installers will set up the same features -- and any smart devices you need to add -- in the new place. Your home security contract will remain the same.

You use a simple device and want to build up

Your doorbell camera, smart thermostat, or small motion detector helped you take notice of the advantages of a security system, and now you are thinking to add on. Don't worry too much if you’ll be throwing away that favorite alarm or camera because it may fit into your new home security system. Companies like Vivint have built their systems from the ground up and can manage many modern alarms and cameras.

You might erase the video clips you saved, as they probably won't transfer into a different mobile app. But your component will still handle like it did when it was an individual device. You might even see some new options that you can use now that it's within a bigger smart home.

Get a hold of Vivint for your security needs

Whether you're setting up a home security system with existing equipment in Portland, or you’d rather get one customized to your specification, look to Vivint. A Vivint professional will talk through your needs and devise the best solution for your home. Call (503) 213-9485 or fill out the form below to start.