Relocating – Finding a Neighbourhood
You and your family are relocating to a new city or town, and you need to find a good neighbourhood where you know yourself, your family and your pets will be safe.
Keep these things in mind when you’re looking for a good neighbourhood:
#1 Visit the neighbourhood in person before you move there.
#2 Study the yards, gardens, driveways, etc. Is everything neat?
#3 Listen out for sirens, loud traffic, shouting and fighting.
#4 If you happen to meet a potential neighbour, have a conversation with them.
#5 Research the local schools, bus routes and activities if you have children.
#6 Decide how far you would be okay with commuting every day.
#7 There may be rules or limitations for owning pets.
#8 Take into account the nearest hospitals, highways, police station, airport, etc.
#9 If you can’t go to the neighbourhood in person, use Google Earth.
#10 Make a document with a list of your choices for possible neighbourhoods.
#11 Decide if you’re looking for a quiet neighbourhood or one that is busy and energetic.
#12 Study the traffic patterns and think how it would impact your life.
#13 Keep a look out for any perks in the neighbourhood such as restaurants, parks, etc.
#14 Use the PatrolMan neighbourhood watch app to keep track of crime statistics, incidents and reports in specific areas, as well as a live hotspot map.
Make a list of these tips, and use them! Next we will look at settling in to your new home.