You’re buying a place with home security alarms
A new home may come with an installed security system. All the components work, are placed in the right spaces, and are ready to go. In this example, just pick up the phone to call and start a new service contract. A Vivint professional will still come out to make sure there are no integration problems, and they may offer suggestions on where you should replace bad outdated components. It's a fast visit, and you can get your 24/7 monitoring set up without worrying about any new components -- unless you get some new devices.
The outgoing owners can give an existing Vivint contract to you for a one-time transfer cost to make the transfer a snap. If the previous owners downsize to an apartment or smaller home, you keeping the security contract might be a condition of the sale.
You want to move and bring your home security components with you
You might need to take your existing Vivint system with you to a new home when you move. That’s fairly simple to transfer, as many components are wireless. You can remove each device yourself or contact a professional expert to dismantle everything. Then an expert will set up the same features -- and any smart services you need to add -- in your new place. And your home security contract will remain the same.