If you’re moving, one thing you may not have thought about is getting to know your new neighborhood. This is especially important if you have children. To make it easier, below are some tips on how to get to know your new neighborhood, making the transition easier and happier for everyone.
If you’re moving to a new city or state:
- Before you even get there, call the local chamber of commerce and request a packet of area information. Most are happy to oblige, getting the word out about their fair city. You can learn a lot from this material, including local history, the businesses in town, events, etc.
- Purchase a detailed map of the city. Sit down with your kids and look it over with them.
- Call your children’s schools to request a tour of the facilities before the kids have to start school. Be sure to locate your children’s classrooms, the cafeteria, library, gym and bathrooms.
After moving in:
- As a family, drive around the area and find parks, the post office, the closest grocery store, a favorite chain restaurant, mall, bank, hospital, swimming pool, etc.
- Again as a family, walk the neighborhood. Make a map of the neighborhood, marking down street names, bike paths, parks, tennis courts, etc.
- Don’t wait for the neighbors to come introduce themselves. On the weekend, why not whip up a batch of cookies and go door to door, introducing yourself and distributing goodies.
- Get a subscription to the community newspaper. These little papers usually list neighborhood events, give discount coupons to local businesses and other tidbits you’ll find very useful.
- Go to the library, where your kids can sign up for reading contests, book clubs and check out books, videos and magazines that will keep them occupied while you’re trying to get the new house whipped into shape.
- Go to the local recreation center. Again, you can sign your kids up for classes in everything from drama to art to rock climbing and more. They’ll make fast friends and have fun learning a new skill or polishing an existing one.
- Participate in your new community. Join your homeowners association and attend the meetings. Join the PTA. Volunteer at the local food bank. Your new neighborhood will feel like home in no time.