8 Tips on Relocating to a New Neighborhood

Moving to a new neighborhood can be daunting. There’s unpacking a ton of moving boxes and doing chores related to the move. Add to that learning about the schools, commutes, and local hangouts.

To make the process easier for you, our expert realtors made a list of tips for relocating to a new neighborhood.

#1. Pick a Good Neighborhood

Before moving, the first step is to decide where you want to relocate. Do your research to find the right area for you.

  • What are the housing prices? Can you really afford to buy a home in one of the best neighborhoods? Use the 28/36 rule. “Your mortgage payment shouldn’t be more than 28% of your monthly pre-tax income and 36% of your total debt.”
  • How long is the commute? If you work hybrid or full-time in the office or have kids, consider how far away the new neighborhood is from where you’ll work or take the kids to school.
  • Does this place have a lot of crime? Search online for crime statistics. You’ll want to live in a safe neighborhood, after all. Once you move in, you can also install a home security device for added security.

#2. Change Your Mailing Address

Continue receiving mail without interruption by contacting the United States Postal Service (USPS) to change your address. This can be done online, in-person by visiting a USPS office and filling out the PS Form 3575, or over the phone by calling 1-800-ASK-USPS.

#3. Transfer the Utilities

Find your local providers to transfer or change the utilities, including electricity, water, gas, Internet, and cable TV. Of course, there are some utilities you may not decide to keep, like if you decide to remove cable TV to save money or switch to streaming. 

#4. Make the New House a Home

Unpacking takes time, but you’ll feel more comfortable in your new space when your familiar belongings are in sight.

  • Maximize your storage space in each room.
  • Use closets to store clothes, linens, or food.
  • Set up kitchen appliances.
  • Place bookshelves for books, frames, and knickknacks.
  • Hang up the TV and connect to the video game system.
  • Arrange plants.

#5. Secure Your New Home

It’s essential to keep your home a safe space. This includes:

  • having a fire extinguisher on each floor,
  • installing fire alarms, smoke detectors, and carbon monoxide detectors,
  • changing the locks of all outside doors,
  • checking to make sure the windows and doors close securely,
  • having exterior lighting,
  • and adding, if desired, a home security system.

#6. Meet Your Neighbors

Now that you’re all moved in, it’s time to explore the area and meet new people! Start by meeting your neighbors. They can be a tremendous help by giving you advice or useful information on how things work in the community.

Walk over and introduce yourself and maybe ask a few questions about the neighborhood to carry on a conversation. In time, you may even become good friends.

#7. Scope Out the Best Local Establishments

Whether you’re into visiting museums, seeing musical performances, or trying new restaurants, you’ll want to find the best hangouts in your new community.

Apple Maps, Google Maps, and Yelp can give you the location and reviews. If you’re feeling social, talk to your neighbors to see where they like to go for fun. Visit nearby shopping centers, landmarks, coffee shops, and diners.

If you have kids, seek out local recreation spots, like parks, swimming pools, roller skating rinks, and libraries. These locations offer several benefits, from keeping kids active and engaged to coping with boredom and helping them adjust to a new home.

#8. Join Local Organizations

Joining local nonprofit organizations is a great way to foster a sense of community. Volunteering

  • improves the lives of others.
  • makes the community a better place.
  • lets you make a direct impact.
  • can teach you new skills.
  • develops close relationships with others.

Plus, many organizations host meetings and events where you mingle with others and enjoy food, drinks, and entertainment.

Make Moving Easier With The Massey Team

The experienced realtors at The Massey Team at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Select Properties will help you find the right home in the perfect neighborhood! We have extensive knowledge of the area and market local to St. Louis and the Metro East.

Get started by browsing our listings or talking with a member of our team at (618) 791-5024 or (618) 791-9298!

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