Can I Take My Security System with Me When I Move?

Written by | Updated May 21, 2019
Home security systems represent a significant investment for both homeowners and the companies providing the hardware and monitoring services. Home security companies meet the needs of homeowners who are moving in a variety of different ways, depending in large part on the provider and type of security system you have installed.

DIY Systems

If you chose to install a do-it-yourself (DIY) home security system, then you will most likely own the equipment outright. Taking it with you for use in your new home is usually a relatively easy process and requires nothing more than uninstalling it in one location and reinstalling it in the other. If your DIY system is professionally monitored, you’ll need to notify customer service of your pending move and provide them with the address of your new location.

Contracted Monitoring Services

If you received a home security system and professional installation services in exchange for entering into a monitoring contract, moving your equipment and/or services often requires meeting certain stipulations spelled out in the contract.

Some companies will not move the installed equipment as they see value in leaving it behind for the new homeowner to activate and use. Rather, they may offer to install new home security equipment in the new residence and typically include generous discounts toward the purchase of additional security components like door and window sensors, motion sensors, and smoke detectors.

There are also companies which offer homeowners alternant options when moving.

A standard offer includes free movement of the home security equipment in exchange for a new full-term monitoring contract.

Homeowners not wanting to extend their contract may instead be required to pay a fee to have the equipment moved.

It is important to know what security providers policies are about moving security equipment to a new home. Be certain you are made aware of these policies before entering into any agreement. A great way to get started is to use our system finder tool to find the perfect home security system for your situation or call a SafeWise security specialist at 855-374-4999 to get answers to any additional questions you might have.

SafeWise’s Best Home Security Systems

The SafeWise team has researched and reviewed security companies from around the nation. Each year we release our annual rankings. Check out our picks below! To read more, including reviews and packages, you can visit our Top Home Security Systems.

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