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8 Tips for Moving to a New Neighborhood

Change, as they say, is inevitable and the only constant thing in life. Moving to a new city or even neighborhood can be a stressful process.

For one, your entire being needs to change the scene and try to adapt to the new environment. And for another, leaving behind old habits in your old neighborhood and cultivating new ones in your new neighborhood can be therapeutic.

But that is not all. In fact, what is most important to keep in mind as you move to a new neighborhood are access to services and providers. This should be #1 on your list as you consider changing your neighborhood.

This post shares up to eight tips for moving to a new neighborhood for any reason, whether work-related or health concerns.

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1. Finding a Doctor and Dentist         

Finding a doctor and dentist should be your top priority when you consider moving to a new neighborhood.

Health is wealth, and knowing how to locate the nearest health center can mean the difference between life and death.

The search engine, Google, is a tool you need to utilize here. For instance, let’s say you are moving to a suburb in Virginia. You can carry out a simple search on Google for ‘dentist in Midlothian, VA’ and be directed to the dentist’s location when you need their services.

And you can also ask local family, friends, or even neighbors for recommendations to top-notch medical facilities and services.

2. Housing Costs

What are the differences between your current housing situation and your destination city regarding available mortgages, cost of rent, and related services?

The housing market in many cities is highly competitive, even for low-quality apartments, while others have incredibly high-quality regions at steep prices.

So, are you financially buoyant enough to rent or buy? Are the homes affordable, desirable, and within your target financial range?

Do your research by talking to a realtor in the area so that you can determine the best housing costs for you.

3. Schools

It always makes sense to be prepared. It doesn’t matter whether you have children now or plan to have them later on in the future. But look at your new location’s educational system.

How well do the schools rank on graduation rates as well as college attendance? What options are available: charter and private schools?

Who funds the school: the city, or do they rely on interesting after-school offerings? Are the schools safe for kids?

You should also consider higher education opportunities, including proximity to colleges and universities.

Find out how accessible they are to educational and cultural events and the quality of preparatory classes for older kids.

4. Favorite Local Spots

Local brunch, cocktail, and coffee spots can help boost the vibe of your neighborhood. Find out where the locals go for a cup of coffee or a quick bite.

This helps you to find out precisely how residents interact with one another in the city. Visit the local grocery store to get a sense of the ins and outs of the area and how the locals work in the area.

5. Commute Time/Public Transportation

Access to public transit is well-organized in some cities. For instance, Los Angeles requires you to own a vehicle for easy transportation and an extremely high tolerance for driving in the city.

But in New York, many residents choose not to own automobiles and only rely heavily on public transportation.

Therefore, find out how efficient and effective the transportation system is in your destination city or town.

This helps you make informed decisions, whether owning a vehicle will be more beneficial or taking public transportation would be preferable.

6. Amenities/Community Services

Many cities are small and isolated in many standards but are still incredibly desirable. So, if you are moving to such a city, find out the amenities and community services available there, especially those that matter to you.

For instance, are you ready to give up the big buzz in large cities for a quiet and remote area? Is there excellent access to airport hubs, movie theaters, grocery stores or supermarkets, and all the amenities you can’t do without?

Find out what is – and what is not – available in your destination city. This information will make you decide whether you are ready to make the sacrifice or not.

7. Local Organizations

One of the things that will make you settle in faster in your destination city is access to local organizations.

Ensure the city has free community groups and libraries that make it easy to find friends and others with similar interests.

Access to the libraries and getting a library card make it easy to borrow books for the kids or yourself.

You can learn more about how the city takes care of its numerous residents by talking with others who live in the area.

8. Weather

No matter how desirable your destination city is, it can be dangerous if you don’t know anything about its climate.

Find out the efficacy of the weather forecasts in the city. Knowing if you have to trudge through the snow the next day or contend with mild winters each day helps you make excellent decisions before you head out to work.

The weather services should be able to report precipitation patterns, average highs, and average lows. Knowing what the typical patterns are helps make a move to a new city tolerable.


Moving to a new neighborhood or city can be pretty stressful. But the fantastic opportunity of breaking free from old habits, exploring types of services and providers, and taking in the change of scenes in the new neighborhood, is worth it.

Therefore, find out the types of services and providers available in your destination city before you make a move.


About Julee: Julee Morrison is an experienced author with 35 years of expertise in parenting and recipes. She is the author of four cookbooks: The Instant Pot College Cookbook, The How-To Cookbook for Teens, The Complete Cookbook for Teens, and The Complete College Cookbook. Julee is passionate about baking, crystals, reading, and family. Her writing has appeared in The LA Times (Bon Jovi Obsession Goes Global), Disney's Family Fun Magazine (August 2010, July 2009, September 2008), and My Family Gave Up Television (page 92, Disney Family Fun August 2010). Her great ideas have been featured in Disney's Family Fun (Page 80, September 2008) and the Write for Charity book From the Heart (May 2010). Julee's work has also been published in Weight Watchers Magazine, All You Magazine (Jan. 2011, February 2011, June 2013), Scholastic Parent and Child Magazine (Oct. 2011), Red River Family Magazine (Jan. 2011),, and more. Notably, her article "My Toddler Stood on Elvis' Grave and Scaled Over Boulders to Get to a Dinosaur" made AP News, and "The Sly Way I Cured My Child's Lying Habit" was featured on PopSugar. When she's not writing, Julee enjoys spending time with her family and exploring new baking recipes.
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