If you are moving in the near future, one thing you may want to think about is getting to know your new neighborhood. This is really important if you have school age kids. To make things easier for you, see the tips below on how to get to know your new neighborhood. It will make the transition easier and better for everyone.
If you’re moving to a new city or state
Even before you move there, you should call the local chamber of commerce to request a packet of information on the area. Most of them are happy to oblige, getting the word out about the town. You can learn a lot from this material, including local history, businesses, events, etc.
Buy a map of the town or city. Sit down with your family and look it over with them.
Call the local schools to request a tour prior to the start of the school year. Be sure to locate your kids’ classrooms, the cafeteria, library, gym and bathrooms.
After moving in
As a family, drive around the area and find parks, the post office, the grocery stores and shopping, restaurants, bank, doctors office, hospitals, etc.
Don’t wait for your new neighbors to introduce themselves. Stop by their home to say hello, and maybe even bring a batch of cookies.
See if the local area has a facebook group page. You can often get a list neighborhood events, coupons to local businesses and other tidbits you’ll find useful.
Go to the town’s recreation center. You can sign your kids up for classes like drama, art or rock climbing and more. They can make friends and have fun learning new skills.
Participate in your new community. Join your homeowners association and attend meetings. Join the PTA. Volunteer at the local food bank. Your new neighborhood will feel like home in no time.
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