When you are relocating to a new home and new neighborhood, it can be daunting. It's information overload, from paperwork to moving schedules. Once you've moved in, many new homeowners stick to what they know. One route to the house, the same drive every day to get to work, or school or the 1 pizza place you know. While it's good to get those basics down, if you don't venture out - YOU WON'T KNOW WHAT YOU'RE MISSING!
We have a few tips on getting acclimated quickly to your new stomping grounds. These tips can help you identify new places to grab a bite or a drink, finding super-secret backroads, and getting to know how your neighborhood ticks.
This seems like an obvious thing to do, and while most folks moving into a new home know the relative neighborhood and layout, most folks couldn't tell you 3 different ways to get to their home. What if a highway off-ramp closure sends you an exit or 2 down the highway. Scrambling to navigate, or mapping it can work in a pinch, but it's best to have that knowledge.
ZOOM OUT: Use Google Earth to zoom out, locate landmarks like coffee shops or gas stations. Identifying these landmarks can help teach you easier ways back to your new place.
ZOOM IN: There are some roads (dirt, or otherwise) that are public roads, but don't automatically display on navigation. However, when you zoom in, new buildings, pathways and roads are exposed.
You can sign up for Nextdoor's mobile app for free. This application creates a geo-fenced area, that (digitally) adds you into your new community with very little effort. This is a great place to get recommendations on everything from restaurants, to contractors. You can also use Nextdoor to sell your wares, or donate them, once you start downsizing!
Take one morning out of your week to head out early, and try to make your "new commute". If you can get to the new potential home at the same time you typically leave for work in the morning, you can see how traffic patterns differ and what to expect on heading in. Knowing about trouble stops may change the route taken, so knowing this before you move in is very helpful.
Getting your home services relocated has never been easier. Direct Home Connect will work to install all of your home services and activate your utilities in your new home, in a single call. Call or chat with us today to learn more about getting connected in your new home!