When it comes to your brand new neighborhood, you’ll have to conduct your own assessment. You don't get the luxury of someone doing it for you. We hope that these few tips can make the transition a bit easier because ultimately, you can change what your house looks like, but you can't change where it is located!
Moving to a new home ... It's kind of a big deal. You have trucks to unpack, a new layout to get used to, and of course, a new neighborhood to explore.
Visit in the Morning and Evening
One of the most confusing things about moving to a new town is figuring out the neighborhood "feel". When some people move, they think they know the town pretty well, but then they realize that they didn't truly know it as good as they thought they did! Some advice: Visit the potential neighborhood during the day. And at night. See where people hang out, observe the energy during both times of day, and figure out if you enjoy it.
Find the Locals' Favorite Spots
Take a trip to the local coffee shop, go sip a cocktail at a popular lounge, and go and take a pal out for brunch at a favored spot. In simple terms: Act as if you are a tourist. Research where people hang out, and go there. Make an effort to step out of your comfort zone, talk to people, and try new things. This is an awesome way to get a sense for how people interact with each other!
Meet The Neighbors
You know what will give you and your family ultimate comfort during this time? Meet the people who are around you! You can visit a local church, a local library, or simply knock on some doors. Neighbors are a great resource for giving you all of the inside tips. And if you have a family, this is a great way to connect your kids with others!
Open your laptop and type your neighborhood into Google! There should be forums where residents post their feelings and thoughts about their hometown. Take a look and see what the culture in the town is like!
Do you know that Facebook neighborhood groups are the new thing? Yup! Almost every town has one! Request access to a Facebook group, introduce yourself, and ask any questions you'd like to ask. This will also help you to see how others interact and what the residents mainly complain about.