Moving to a new city can be scary to some. Let’s face it, you’re learning more than just a new neighborhood, but maybe even new municipal services, cable providers, and so much more.

Learning about your new city can be overwhelming, start early and follow these steps to make your new city feel like home.

Check our reviews

While we’re used to using Yelp or other review sites to learn about businesses and restaurants, why not dig a little deeper and see what your city really has to offer? This can help you learn about the walkability in your new hood as well as dive into the local demographics and characteristics of the city.

Go to the source

Many people don’t realize this is an option, but going straight to the source of your city for information can be helpful. Call city hall and ask about resources that they have for new residents. They can also provide helpful tools or information that might give you further information on getting in touch with service providers and setting up health information or other necessary information.

Consider Your Commute

Your commute length might have a lot of pull on your final decision. It’s good to get to know your local transit systems and get prepared in regards to what type of passes will work best for your lifestyle.

Read School Reviews

There are a lot of resources that you can use to get to know the school system in your new city. Even if you don’t have children, it’s useful information to get an idea of the area. Learning about universities and colleges as well is also important. Are you moving into a loud student filled neighborhood, is there public services like sports facilities that you can use…there are a lot of different considerations to take in.

Moving to a new city is no doubt a nerve-wracking experience. Calm your nerves by doing research before you make the move. Getting familiar with your future neighborhood and city will make the transition easy, and you can start feeling like a local.