There are things that come to mind, having owned a few homes. You’ll get your typical check lists, but we want to go a bit further to have your new home and community feel like YOURS faster. This won’t cover typical items, so you’ll have to get that list from us or your agent, mortgage or moving company.
Your new vendors, suppliers, resources:
Explore the area for your new grocery stores. You may favor more than one. We have our favorite butcher, bakery for treats, place for staples, bulk items, office items and organic produce, meats, dairy and bakery items.
Introduce yourself to the store manager if it’s a smaller store. Get to know the people you are buying your food from. You’d be surprised how much weight you can pull when you need a special order item, remember their names and just say hello at the checkout. These people see your neighbors every day and know which are cool, weirdos, annoying, kind, fun people. They almost become your ‘new friend’ concierge.
Same with your local bank branch. Great opportunity to tell them about your business and get to know those who can help you in a pinch when an 800 number won’t do.
I’ve found the most difficult thing when moving to a new area is finding those personal service providers such as dentists, hair stylists, pet sitters, dry cleaners. If you aren’t picky what you look like from head to toe, this is no problem – go close, go cheap. But if it matters, you need to look around at those folks that are put together and ask whom they use for these services.
Got new neighbors?
Time to introduce yourself – why not invite the group over? Summer is easy – lemonade, iced tea and adult beverages. You’ll have to figure out their type of socializing habits and if you are a fit for them. Sometimes neighbors are just a “borrow a cup of sugar” or hang out and watch the game together group. It’s up to you and what you are like. We have some neighbors that we hang with regularly, and some that we only bring Christmas cookies to. You be the judge, but give them a chance so you can know what you are dealing with.
Some neighborhoods have a community site, such as Next Door or group on Facebook. JOIN THEM. It’s actually a good idea to do this BEFORE YOU BUY.
What is the holiday protocol?
You have a few holidays that neighborhoods get involved with. We have a parade here that always needs sponsors. GREAT way to meet your potential clients, if they are a fit. We have an egg hunt, too. Opportunities for sponsorship and meeting new people that are nearby. Need sitters or have one living in your house? Same thing.
How about Halloween? Big deal? Do other neighborhoods get dropped in your neighborhood because you are known for the good candy?
Christmas caroling? Boy Scouts with trees and flags? You need to know what happens when, including leaf pick up, street sweeping and the like.