It’s moving week in our house which has me thinking only of all the things that still need to be accomplished. Boxes are half packed and spread out through the house, the freezer has been thawed and the fridge is down to bare bones.
As we prepare to move into our new community I was lucky to have a great network of people I could reach out to within the American Football Coaches Wives Association to ask questions of. regarding the area. We’re familiar with our new town, but that didn’t mean we knew the details.
The reality is that websites aren’t going to be able to tell you everything about a community. A certain school may be ranked lower than another when in reality they are fairly equal. One area of town might look desirable online, but not be a great fit for your family. Landlords certainly aren’t all equal and we’ve had great ones and terrible ones. A landlord can really make a difference in your quality of living, so it’s important to research, but also seek out the experiences of others.
As my list of things we will need to know has continued to grow I thought I’d post it here for future reference and for those who will encounter moves of your own. This list is one I ask several people. When I hear the same answer from more than one person then I tend to feel even more confident about it.
This isn’t an exhaustive list and not every person will be able to answer all the questions. Still, when heading to a community, my experience has taught me that knowing these things will help you settle in more quickly.
Questions to ask when moving to an area:
Are there any areas of town with higher crime incident rates, or areas which are difficult to get to?
Are there any companies that should be avoided when looking at rentals or homeownership?
- Family Dentist
- Family Doctor
- Endocrinologist (specific to me)
- Trustworthy car mechanic
- Trustworthy car dealer
- Dry cleaners
- Tell me about your church?
- How are the park district programs?
- What other “must do” activities do you look forward to each year?
- What are some of the community traditions that make it unique?
- How do you get the best grocery deals?
- Favorite restaurants?
- Favorite teachers?
- Let kids ride the bus or drive them to and from school?
- Which library do you prefer and why?
Good luck to those of you in transition, I’m ready to put this one behind us and settle in.