Considering a move? Moving to a new address means putting together a whole new set of go-to choices for your day-to-day routine.
Whether it’s a beloved Italian restaurant or a top-notch dry cleaner, you have a mental list of where to go — and for what — in your current neighborhood. The question is, how do you find them — and how will you know they’re really what you want when you relocate?
Realistically, there will be some trial and error involved, but think of it like detective work. The more you investigate — online, in walk- or drive-abouts, and through word of mouth — the quicker you’ll build your new go-to network. Better still, you’ll probably make more than a few new friends and acquaintances along the way!
Here are seven ways to prepare for your new go-to journey:
Build your go-to list
Before you make the move, take a few moments to map out your daily routine. Think about what you do each day, week and month in your current neighborhood and think about why you chose them. Here are some typical go-to destinations to get you started:
- Grocery store
- Doctor’s office
- Parks and kid-friendly spots
- Gas stations
Whether you’re moving for a new job, shorter commute, larger home or a better school system, chances are you’ve done at least some online research before choosing your new neighborhood. Whatever the reason, Google Maps is a great tool you can use to not only get the lay of the land, but also identify parks, grocery stores, eateries and other potential go-to destinations.
Usually small, rural towns have a website or Facebook page covering events and local businesses. Also, try reading the online editions of the local newspaper. This way, you’ll get to know the names of local leaders, restaurants and businesses. If you’re moving to a mid-size or large city, Time Out and Eventbrite will also have plenty of “must-see, must-do” recommendations.
For service providers — like plumbers, painters or gardeners — Angi is a wonderful source of information. Check out Yelp, too.
Take a drive or a walk
Go-to’s are usually based on a combination of personal preferences, convenience and – particularly in the case of urban environments – proximity. If you can do so beforehand, take a short drive or walk around your future neighborhood. Pay attention to the coffee, cocktail and brunch spots where locals congregate. If you’re moving to a large city, steer clear of touristy spots since they tend to attract a different audience. (They also tend to be expensive and are often mediocre.)
Reach out to the neighbors
In a small town, chances are they’ll come to you with baked goods or an invite for coffee. It’s also perfectly okay to knock on a neighbor’s door and introduce yourself (and if you have kids, bring them with you).
If you’ve moved to a larger city or into an apartment building, knocking on random doors might ruffle some feathers; however, you’re bound to see people in the hallways or on an elevator. Get over your shyness, introduce yourself and strike up a conversation. Chances are they’ll be happy to share some of their personal faves, and you might even make a new friend or two.
Ask the former owner or building service providers
If you’re moving into a home and have met the former owners, speak up! They’ll no doubt be glad to share their go-to knowledge. If you’re a renter or condo-dweller, try asking your landlord or the super. Moving into a high rise or luxury building? The door and front desk attendants will have a wealth of go-to insights.
Business owners are a go-to boon
While you’re out shopping or even just walking around, it’s smart to connect with local business owners. Chances are they’ll have the inside scoop on some of the best spots in town!
Your co-workers will have insights, too
No matter if you’re in the office every day, working remotely or in a hybrid arrangement, your co-workers are an excellent source of go-to 411 (and they’ll appreciate your interest). Many companies — Mayflower included — use apps that have social channels for foodies, sports enthusiasts culture vultures, etc. Jump in and join the conversation!
Whether you’re in a new city right now or considering finding a new home, we’re here to not just move you, but to also help you along the way. Check out our blogs for more ideas on helping your new house feel like home.