As exciting as it can be to move to a new place, it can also be a hassle to relocate your possessions and make sure the everyday conveniences and necessities you enjoy make the journey with you.

Just as you’ll make plans for relocating your cable and utility services, you’ll want to consider how to move your security service and products as you transition to a new space. Here are a few things to consider as you weigh out your options for staying secure in your new neighborhood.

Take Your System with You

If you love your current home security system, there are probably a good number of components that can make the move along with you. Plug-and-play wireless solutions are the easiest to relocate, but even traditionally wired home security systems (consisting of cameras, wall panels and motion sensors) can sometimes be removed from the walls and reinstalled at a new location if similar wiring is available. You might find that this process can be more trouble than it’s worth in some scenarios, but it’s worth looking into the compatibility of your system and your new home.

Once you’re a month or two out from your move, give your security provider a call and see what they might recommend in a transition like yours (be sure to ask about wiring requirements as well). This can be a great opportunity to reevaluate the best deals and even add some new security solutions to the mix. Most providers can get you back in business within a week of relocating, assuming your new home is within their service area.

If you find that you’re unable to relocate your existing system, consider listing the system you’re leaving as a value-add to potential buyers.

Keep Your Provider, Upgrade Your Gear

A move can also be a great time to make some meaningful upgrades to your home’s security. Plus, you may need additional devices if you’re moving to a bigger or more exposed location. Whether you had to leave your old system behind or just want to try out the latest technology, your security provider may offer some great deals on cutting-edge technologies and promotional rates on monitoring services, since you’re billed at a new location. Check with your local internet service provider as they may also offer a home security and home automation solution.

As many traditional setups rely purely on door and window sensors, take advantage of your move as an opportunity to explore technologies like smart video cameras and weatherproof video doorbells. Solutions like these are now widely available and affordable. You can integrate many of them with your security system via a smart home hub.

Start with a Fresh Approach

If your new place isn’t pre-wired, or if you’re ready for an upgrade, moving is a great time to explore some of the latest smart home security systems that are new to the market. It’s easy to piece together a compelling (and inexpensive!) security setup using some Wi-Fi smart cameras and sensors from your local retail stores, and there’s no need to mess with wiring or even install a wall panel (unless you want one).

You can also shop for a security add-on as part of a bundle with internet and television services from your local internet service provider. When you call to set up your cable and internet service, inquire about home security systems. These systems are just as powerful as those from traditional security companies, and many also include smart home features that integrate with smart lighting, thermostats, and other gadgets you may add to your home in the future.

Moving can be stressful, but it doesn’t take much work to make sure your new home is safe and sound. Take a few minutes to research the right move for securing your new home and consider adding some new technology to help you remotely check in on your family in your new neighborhood.

Eric Murrell writes about security and automation for XFINITY Home. He enjoys sharing tips on how people can set up smarter homes on his blog At Home in the Future.  

Eric Murrell