Most of us quietly stalk friends and family on the internet, whether through various social media channels or a classic Google search. If you’re planning an upcoming move, put those internet research skills to beneficial use when it comes to researching your new neighborhood.
You will want to research how much of your salary will go to paying taxes. Perhaps you’re moving to an area where you’ll be paying state taxes for the first time, or maybe you’ll be paying significantly lower sales taxes than in the last place you called home. If you’re buying a home, be sure you also check out the property taxes in your new area so you can budget accordingly.
Crime rates are a concern for many when moving into a new area. Many cities offer crime maps that display several types of crimes in various parts of town. You can also browse the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reports to get the information you need. The U.S. Department of Justice also has a website for sex offender information.
Many neighborhood groups can be found on Facebook with a simple search. If your neighborhood group is a closed one, you may have to verify your identity by answering questions about yourself and where you live. This way the group admins can keep the conversation to neighbors-only.
You won’t be on your computer all the time in your new home, hopefully. Once you’ve done your internet research it will also help to explore your new digs in person.
Drive around your new neighborhood. Look at neighboring homes and surrounding businesses. Talk to people in restaurants or coffee shops and ask them what they like and don’t like about the area. Really get to know your new address as though you’re already living there. Take walks around the area too, if you can. If you are planning to use public transport, take a few test rides on the bus or train. How long will a typical commute be? How many transfers to different bus or train lines will you have to make? Visiting at various times of day can be helpful to really get a feel for where you’ll be living.
If you’ve got kids who are moving to a new school, schedule some time with the principal before the kids start going to class. See if you can meet any of your children’s future teachers. Call ahead or check the school’s website to ensure you’re compliant with safety procedures for school visitors.
Start reading the local newspaper for your new area before you arrive. Follow the local news stations on social media to see what stories are important to the community. Immersing yourself in the happenings around town will make your new address feel more like home.
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