Things to Do When You Move Into a New Neighborhood

Moving, in general, can be stressful. However, the work doesn’t end once you get everything unpacked into your new home. Once you’re settled in, there are a few more things that you’ll want to do to truly become settled into your new neighborhood.

Here are a few of the things you’ll want to do when you move into a new neighborhood to help you feel at home in no time at all. 

Things to Do When You Move Into a New Neighborhood

See Also: How to Move in Less Than a Week Without Losing Your Mind

Make sure you know where your local resources are

One of the first things to do after moving into your new home is to find out where all of your local resources are. 

If you have kids it can be a good idea to locate the closest emergency room or urgent care in case they get sick or have an accident. 

Other resources you’ll want to be able to navigate to easily include a gas station, hair salon/barber, nail salon, grocery store, and hardware store.

Meet some of your neighbors

Pre covid days it wouldn’t be uncommon for some of the neighbors to come over and introduce themselves on the day that you’re actually moving in. 

However, thanks to the pandemic, you’ll most likely have to meet the majority of your neighbors virtually. Thankfully, Nextdoor is the perfect app for meeting your immediate neighbors and there are city-specific subReddits that allow you to connect with others in your city. 

The best part of using Nextdoor to meet your neighbors is you can feel safe in the app environment that they have created. They have rules to keep the atmosphere safe and the Nextdoor racial profiling prevention features make it so everyone can feel as though they belong in the community. 

Learn the community rules 

If you’ve ever watched the show ‘Fear They Neighbor’ you know one of the quickest ways to piss off neighbors is for a newcomer to move in and not follow the community rules. 

Regardless of whether you’re a renter or a homeowner, you should have been provided with a copy of the neighborhood rules before moving in if the community you’re moving into is part of a Home Owners Association (HOA). 

If you’re not moving into a community that is part of an HOA, keep in mind that the community may still have certain rules that everyone is expected to follow. You can find this out by asking a neighborhood of any unspoken expectations or wait until someone approaches you about something that the neighborhood typically frowns upon.

Find out the neighborhood trash and recycling pickup dates

Finding out the neighborhood trash and recycling pickup dates is one of the more important things that we all know we need to do, but it usually slides under the radar on our to-do list as we start settling into our new homes. 

You’re going to have a lot of trash after moving in from packing supplies, and the last thing you want to do is miss the first trash and recycling pickup date.

Finding out the neighborhood trash and recycling pickup dates can be as simple as searching for it online (usually listed on the city’s government website) or asking a question on the NextDoor app. 

Explore the neighborhood on foot

After you’re settled into your new home, make time to plan a family walk throughout the neighborhood. 

This will let you get a better vibe of the community and you’ll be able to uncover any hidden gems such as a playground for the kids or a walking/running trail. 

Plus, who knows, this may be the perfect time to run into a few of your new neighbors.

These are the things to do when moving into a new neighborhood

Moving is stressful – I get it. However, before you go into hibernation to try to recoup your energy make sure you do these things to settle into your new neighborhood. 

Did I miss anything? Tell me what’s on your ‘must do’ list when you move into a new neighborhood. 

Things to Do When You Move Into a New Neighborhood

16 Comments

  1. Rika says:

    These are some great tips. Getting to know your neighbors is very important.

  2. Rosemary says:

    All great points. One key one for me is knowing about trash and recycling pick up dates. I also love exploring the new neighborhood on foot. Cheers.

  3. Dennis says:

    These are exactly the tips that everyone needs to know when moving to a new place. Thank you for sharing this.

  4. Catalina says:

    I love to discover the new place on foot. This way it’s more easy for me to know the neighborhood.

  5. Louisa says:

    These are really great tips. Especially exploring the neighbourhood by foot and knowing the written and unwritten community rules

  6. MELANIE EDJOURIAN says:

    These are all great tips. Thanks so much for sharing.

  7. Kathy says:

    These are all great tips. It can be hard when moving to a new neighborhood. I have always gotten to know my neighbors once I move.

  8. Tammy says:

    Great post. When we moved to where we are now, it was our first time with an HOA and there are rules. Now we love it here and I actually like the idea of an HOA>

  9. Heather says:

    We have moved a lot and I agree with all of these tips. I especially think meeting at least one or two neighbors is super important.

  10. Eileen M Loya says:

    We just moved house last month and I am glad that we are in a better neighborhood. My sons have already made some friends. I should go out more and do the same, maybe after everything in the house is settled and kept in its proper place, I will go out and meet the neighbors.

  11. Nikki Wayne says:

    We haven’t tried moving. But these are really great tips in that situation.

  12. Tara Pittman says:

    Such great tips. Meeting your neighbors is always a good thing.

  13. Amber Myers says:

    Yup, I did a lot of these when I moved into our neighborhood. The HOA can be pretty dang annoying.

  14. Heather says:

    I hope to find our new home soon and when we do, I will definitely be doing all of these things!

  15. melissa chapman says:

    This is so smart to get acquainted with a new place. I think learning the car repair and handyman in the area is very practical in addition.

    1. Definitely, a great addition to add.

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