Meet The Neighbors Before Moving In
When you finally find your dream home after weeks (or even months) of diligent searching, you might be tempted to jump right in and sign that contract. After all, you knew exactly what you were looking for and this checks all the boxes, so why not?
Well, according to a moving and storage company in Durham, this is not the time to be hasty especially if you are moving to a new city or state. The perfect home could easily turn into the perfect nightmare if your surroundings do not suit your family’s needs. Why not take the extra time to scope out the neighborhood and community a bit?
Doing your part – Oftentimes, communities and gated complexes with a Home Owners Association (HOA) expect their residents to follow rules and guidelines for the betterment of all. It is important that you are aware of such expectations before you move in, as you will not be able to escape them. These responsibilities are usually set out clearly in your contract, but neighbors will be able to give you an idea of whether there are any unspoken duties in the community that you should know about. This will save you from offending any new neighbors, embarrassing yourself or even discovering a chore you simply cannot live with. This brings us to the next point.
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- Get to know your neighbors: Tips and tricks
It's hard to approach the neighbors sometimes. You may never even see them outside the house. If you go knocking on doors, will they think you're weird? Possibly. Here are some tips and tricks to help you get to know your neighbors.
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Shy or not, knocking on doors to meet your neighbors can be a daunting task, a task that seems to get harder and more awkward the longer you live in a particular place.
Knock on some doors – Your potential new neighbors will be able to give you a general idea of the environment and whether it suits your family. Meeting the type of people that live there will also serve as a clear indication of whether you and your family will fit in and find your feet easily. There is no sense in moving your small children into a neighborhood swarmed with college students who are prone to loud music and strange hours and most likely leave your kids without friends to play with close by. It’s help when your culture and lifestyle are similar to some if not most of your neighbors to make the transition easy on everyone.
An added bonus, your neighbors will likely know of any problems your new home might have. They are sure to have spotted any maintenance or repair work being done, and might know a few house secrets that the previous owner had not been forthcoming with. Or they might be able to assure you of the quality of updates and renovations completed in the home.
Take a drive – The surrounding areas should feel comfortable to you. Check for the stores you will need to shop at are within a reasonable driving range to your new home. Look for entertainment opportunities such as theatres or parks where you can take your family. Is there a hospital or school nearby? Local businesses are great sources of information, so don’t be afraid to talk to local owners about the area. They should be able to give you an idea of the type of people that frequent the area, the security of the region etc.
Take the extra time to meet your neighbors and ask around about the area you are considering moving to. Once you have moved, it will already be too late. Now is the time to find out all you can.
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