Tips For Relocating To A New Neighborhood
Relocating to a new home in a new neighborhood is a big deal! There are boxes to unpack, a new layout to adjust to, new neighbors to meet, and new services to set up. Add kids to the mix, and it gets even more complicated with new friends, teachers, schools, etc.! What should and could be an exciting time, can also be stressful. This month, I’m offering a few tips to help make the transition as fun, memorable, and stress free as possible.
Meet The Neighbors
When we move into a new neighborhood, we always wonder who our new neighbors will be. Finding the time to introduce yourself is usually left to chance. However, knowing your neighbors provides a safer community, one where people are looking out for each other. Who knows, you might make some really strong, long-lasting friendships. Being approachable, friendly and open to introducing yourself and your family is important. Consider throwing a small BBQ or hosting a holiday or housewarming party to break the ice. Keep it simple (and safe during COVID times). The key is to make an effort to know your neighbors!
Become A Tourist In Your Own Backyard
Scope out the best local establishments: theater, sports, best restaurants, live music, libraries, parks and playgrounds. Google Maps and Yelp are a great first start as well as real-world recommendations from your new neighbors and other locals. This is especially important for those with kids—little ones rarely cope well with boredom.
Get Involved In Your New Community
One of the best ways to feel like part of a community is finding those things that you connect with, whether it’s volunteering, finding a new job, joining a club, or getting involved with your child’s school.
Research Cable, Internet, Trash Removal, and Utilities
Seems obvious, but depending on how far away you’re moving, you may end up with completely different providers. This is a prime example where getting buddy-buddy with the neighbors can help with recommendations for service providers (and maybe some money-saving tips) from people using the local utilities.
Get Your Security Game On Point
Sadly, nearly 72% of burglaries happen in residential properties, so it’s important to prepare for that possibility. Before moving, research the general crime rates and landscape in your new area, and create a general security plan. Once moved in, talk to your neighbors about their security systems as they may be able to offer recommendations.
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Study The Rules
Before you jump into any home improvement projects, make sure you check with the Homeowner Association (HOA), if you have one, and explore local zoning laws. For instance, if you live in a historic district, you may even have to get your paint colors approved! And be careful not to overlook those easy-to-forget loose ends. After closing, you’ll also need to check into items like your property taxes and any potential exemptions for which you may qualify.
Attend HOA Meetings
If you belong to one, try to attend as many as possible so you’re aware of exactly what is going on in your neighborhood. If you have time, you might consider joining in a more official capacity, which lets you contribute to neighborhood changes.
Your Realtor will also have myriad informational resources to help. Still looking for a licensed Virginia Realtor to assist you in your home search? I’m here to help! Feel free to contact me via the following methods: