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Home » What To Do When Relocating to an Unfamiliar Area

What To Do When Relocating to an Unfamiliar Area

April 21st, 2016 | Higgins Group Real Estate

Relocating can be stressful situation, more so if you’re moving to an unfamiliar area! There’s no need to fret, however — we’re here to help you settle and feel comfortable in your new home. Just follow these tips.

  • Survey your neighborhood.

Prior to the big move, allot a day to explore your new community. You might have done this while you were searching for the home, but this time, focus on the actual place and not the property. Drive around or take a stroll, and take some time to talk to your future neighbors. Be friendly and don’t hesitate to ask information.

  • RelocationHost an acquaintance party.

Get in touch with your future neighbors and invite them for food and drinks to get the conversation going. You can take them out to a local bar or cafe, or if you’re up to it, host an afternoon barbecue or Sunday brunch. Getting to know your neighbors will make relocating to an unfamiliar place a lot easier. They can also give you important insight regarding your neighborhood, especially if they’ve been living in the area for a long period of time.

  • Go online.

If you’re not comfortable with that, you can go online and check reputable websites like City-Data, Homefacts, Livability, and AreaVibes to know more about your new neighborhood.

Other sites that might prove helpful in your research include GreatSchools, CrimeReports, and NeighborhoodScout. Hopefully, you’ll find information that will give you some peace of mind.

  • Get in touch with a professional.

A real estate agent with expert knowledge of the area will be able to help you get acquainted with your new neighborhood. A highly professional and experienced Realtor will be able to tell you a lot of things, from market updates, to schools, and other background information.

Things to watch out for

As you drive or walk around the neighborhood, take note of the following:

  • “For sale” signs on lawns
  • Abandoned or boarded-up homes in the immediate vicinity
  • Trash
  • Its location — is it located close to a commercial area?
  • Neighborhood parks (and how well they are maintained)
  • Parking restrictions

If you need any help with relocating, get in touch with us! We can help you solve your relocation woes. You can also check out our relocation services here.

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