Want to know everything about your new or prospective location? Just ask a neighbor! Neighbors are possibly the greatest resource for getting a feel for your area.
Don’t be unsure about making contact with your neighbors. It’s all about taking a small step outside your comfort zone. Knock on their door at a reasonable hour, bring them a treat, or have them over for a casual meet and greet. If nothing else, strike up a conversation when you see them out and about. Don’t be shy — it’s important to get to know the folks living next door, and most people greatly appreciate the effort.
To help you on your quest for information about your new area, here are some open-ended questions you can ask your neighbors.
What’s Your Impression of the Neighborhood?
An honest neighbor can tell you a lot about the community, including:
- Type of residents (students, families, singles, etc.)
- State of the neighborhood: up-and-coming or going downhill
- Community spirit
- Residential upkeep
- Shopping and entertainment
Is This a Good Place to Raise a Family?
If you have children — or if they’re in your future — you’ll want to settle somewhere family-friendly. But it’s not just neighborhood safety you should consider, either. Ask about schools, daycares, and children’s events. Find out if there are many families around to befriend.
What do you know about this house?
For a prospective homebuyer, the answer to this question is everything. Often, neighbors have a good idea of the last owner or tenant. Specifically ask if they seemed to take care of the home. If not, unexpected maintenance issues could arise.
Is it Safe Here?
Legally, realtors and property managers may not be able to tell you about crime rate. Though you can always ask police and look at online crime reports, speaking with the neighbors can reveal an entirely different side to a community. Ask about gunshots, break-ins, and any areas that feel less safe than others.
How Active is HOA or Property Management?
Depending on your preferences, an active homeowners’ association can be a good thing or a bad thing. Keep in mind a good HOA can positively impact property values and keep the neighborhood looking nice.
If you’re in an apartment complex, you definitely need to know if property management is getting the job done. Make sure they are easy to contact and swift to respond.
Benefits of Good Relationships with Your New Neighbors
Even if you’ve already moved in, the answers to these questions can save you time and provide you with valuable information about your new neighborhood. Getting to know your neighbors builds community and helps you establish trust.
Once you’ve met with some neighbors and received good news about the state of your prospective community, it’s time to schedule your move! With well over a decade of professional moving experience under our belt, Ameritex Movers services all Houston Area apartments, homes, and offices. Call us at 713.484.6683 for a stress-free moving experience like no other.