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.


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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Jackie Lynnley 2 years ago from The Beautiful South

Some great advice on moving to a new home. No way like seeing who you could run to in an emergency than surprising new neighbors with a knock on the door. Some people are no go and we may as well know it right up front and bother them never again, huh? Then there are those you know are kind hearted, good neighbors. Then we can be glad we did. ^

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FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

These are smart ideas. You should always know who you live near. You may need to rely on them and vice versa.

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Better Yourself 2 years ago from North Carolina Author

Thanks Jackie and FlourishAnyway!! I agree with you both, its definitely good to know your neighbors so you know the good ones from the bad. With our last move, meeting the neighbors while visiting a potential house was one of the reasons we didn't buy the house. Thankfully we found a home where we love our neighbors! With our schedules we may not see them but once a week to say Hello in passing but we look out for each other. And while the other isn't home, we keep an eye on things which is very comforting.

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Tolovaj 2 years ago

Moving is one of the most stressful tasks and it certainly needs some kind of planning. I am always surprised how many mistakes people make after all energy and money invested. They forget to check the stores in neighborhood, they forget to check how far is kindergarten or school despite the fact they moved because they wanted to start a family, they are sometimes even shocked to find out they moved in a building without an elevator ...

Well, knowing neighbors would be nice too, but sometimes it's hard to get this information for different reasons. Thanks for all the great tips!

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Better Yourself 2 years ago from North Carolina Author

Very true, Thanks so much Tolovaj!

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