The process of finding a new home that suits your needs and budget, dealing with a stack of paperwork, and then moving your belongings can be exhausting. At the end of all that time and energy, the feeling of not fitting into your new neighborhood can be disheartening. To help our new neighbors make themselves feel at home in Fort Lauderdale, we put together this short guide to getting cozy in your new Floridian surroundings. Here are five tips on relocating to a new neighborhood.
How to Make Yourself at Home When Relocating to a New Neighborhood
There’s a lot involved in changing your place of residence. There are the legal and financial parts, of course. Then there are the details and the actual task of moving. After that, it’s up to you to fit in with your neighbors and find your way around. The good news is that Fort Lauderdale does a great job at making newcomers feel welcome.
Pick a Neighborhood that Suits You
Hopefully, you haven’t already bought a home without taking the time to make an intelligent choice. Choosing a Fort Lauderdale neighborhood you’ll fit into is an important part of ensuring you’ll enjoy living in your new home. Spend some time checking the area out before you buy a house. There are many attractive Fort Lauderdale neighborhoods to consider, from Coral Ridge to Colee Hammock. Say “Hi” to any approachable people you happen to see. One good barometer to use is to decide whether or not you’d feel comfortable walking your dog around the block. Walking dogs is also an excellent way to get to know people.
Transfer Your Utilities
During the moving process, there are a few practicalities to get out of the way. First, you will need to change your utility services to the new location or change to a new utility company. If there are options available that weren’t available at your last location, do a price check before signing up. There are approximately 30 well-reviewed utility companies in Fort Lauderdale. Here’s a list of Fort Lauderdale utilities to help with your search. It’s a good idea to give your current utility providers at least three weeks’ notice to make sure you don’t get caught in the lurch. This is also important to make sure you don’t get billed after you leave your former residence. Paying off any overdue bills is also essential if you want to get your deposits back.
File a Change of Address With the Post Office
If snail-mail still matters to you, you’ll want to be sure to change your address with the Postal Service (USPS) to your new Fort Lauderdale address. You can do this online, in person, by mail, or by phone. Doing it in person is usually the most straightforward way since you have to show proof of residence. One word of warning, there are scam sites out there that pose as USPS and will take a fee to pretend to register your change of address. Just make sure the web address is “www.usps.com,” and not www.usbs.org, or some other variation.
Pack Smart & Get Help
Packing can be the most stressful part of the move. It can feel like a significant interruption of your life. Many times, people do all the packing at the last minute, which we don’t recommend. The way to go is to start as early as possible. Do a little packing each day. Label your boxes, store similar items together, and don’t put things you’ll need soon behind or under things you won’t.
Most importantly, don’t injure yourself! Use trolleys/dollies, moving belts, and lift correctly. Finally, hire help if you can afford it, or get friends to help. We found 15 Fort Lauderdale moving companies for you to choose from.
Secure Your New Home
While Fort Lauderdale is one of the safest cities in the state, it’s still wise to take home security seriously. We’ve provided tips on purchasing a home security system. These days, web-enabled security cameras are not very expensive. Cheap and effective motion detectors are also very affordable. There are many other types of home security devices and services you can make use of. Statistics show that a visibly protected home by electronic security is far less likely to be broken into. Sometimes, even a simple yard sign is enough. However, when it comes to home safety, the most important thing is fire protection. Have fire extinguishers and smoke detectors up and ready.
Get to Know Your Fort Lauderdale Neighbors & Neighborhood
Because there are so many attractions and things to do here in South Florida, getting to know your neighbors and the area is easy in Fort Lauderdale. Visit our famous local beaches. Stroll the Las Olas Boulevard. See the Bonnet House Museum and Gardens, or take a ferry tour at the Riverwalk. But don’t forget to get to know your neighbors. If you have a dog, go for walks around the block. If you have young children, take them to the local parks. Wave and say “hi” when you see neighbors watering the lawn. So few people make these small gestures these days, and it would really make a difference if we could turn that around. Don’t you think so?
For more valuable tips on buying or selling a home, moving, and more, get in touch with Bello Real Estate. Our team has streamlined the process to make moving easy.