The process of moving can be incredibly stressful and overwhelming. After finally choosing the perfect location and the perfect home, you have to pack up all of your belongings and hope that they all make it to your new destination in one piece. There are a few things you can do to prepare for moving into your new neighborhood that will make the whole process a bit more manageable.
Make sure you are taking advantage of the internet. There is an unlimited amount of information at your fingertips. You can look at the location of your new house and find out where the nearest gas station, grocery store, gym and hospital are located long before you move in. If you study the area around you, you won’t feel so lost the first time you need to run errands. Eventually you will get acclimated naturally by driving around the neighborhood but having some points of reference from the beginning can really come in handy.
If you have school-aged children, looking up the best route to school can save you some time and stress. You can look up shortest driving distances and even see satellite images of your new neighborhood online. Moving from across town? Take the time to drive around your new neighborhood to find these routes to school. This is one less thing you have to do when you’re worrying about getting your home unpacked and your family settled.
Get to know your neighbors. As early as the first day you get your new keys, it’s a good idea to introduce yourself to your neighbors. Some might come to your door to welcome you to the neighborhood but not everyone will. There’s nothing wrong with taking the first step in getting to know who’s living near you. It’s important to put a face to a name and open the lines of communication in case you need to contact your neighbors for something in the future. This can help you get a good idea of the lifestyles of your neighbors. You could find some playmates for your kids or find that you are living near older residents who might especially appreciate a quiet neighborhood.
Get involved! There will always be some way to get involved in your local community. Find volunteer events, networking events or any type of event hosted by your city. This will help you learn more about your new neighborhood and meet people who live close to you and are interested in the same types of activities. Don’t worry if you run out of time and don’t do neighborhood research prior to your move. Before you know it, you will feel right at home in your new neighborhood.