When it comes to moving into a new home, there are many things you are trying to do all at once. If you planned to paint or renovate any of the home, this is a big task right before you move in. If you’re moving from state to state, you’ve had a big drive with all of your household goods and family in tow.

Another thing you may not have considered but should is keeping your new home secure from the start. The last thing you want is a security breach when you’re just moved into a new home, so be sure to follow these three tips below to keep your new home more secure.

Change the locks

Something you may overlook is that your locks will need to be changed as soon as possible. Since the locks are the same ones that the last owner used and anyone that may have borrowed a key to work on the home, your house is not very secure initially. If you are renting, you’ll want to check with your landlord before changing the locks, but you should definitely do so in your new home purchase.

This is even wise to do if you’ve had a home built because you just don’t know who may have had a key before you moved in. You can either have them rekeyed which changes out the internal workings of the locks for a new key, or you can replace the hardware completely.

Get a security system and put up signs

Next, you’ll want to get your new home a security system by reaching out to your security company. You can get a simple alarm system to a fully-equipped smart home system. You’ll have to get in the habit of arming your home at nighttime or when you leave.

Then make sure to put signs and decals all over the home to let potential trespassers that your home is secure. Make sure the security company has any important phone numbers and a plan to keep up with maintenance.

While you’re at it, make sure all of your windows have secure screens and locks, your exterior doors are strong and secure, and you hang up some window treatments.

Meet the neighbors

The third tip solves two problems. You want to improve your security but you also want to get to know your neighbors and neighborhood. Make sure to meet and get to know your neighbors so that you can feel a part of your new neighborhood and also in order to improve your home security.

Your neighbors are a good source of keeping watchful eye on unusual activity around the street. Learn about any security issues they’ve had in the area and also let them know if you plan to be out of town to keep an eye on your home while you’re gone.

With these three security items checked off, you can feel at ease knowing your new home is safe and secure. Make sure to take care of these things right away so that you can enjoy your new home.