Tips on Exploring a Neighborhood

07/25/2017

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There are lots of different ways to relax and unwind during the weekend. Some people go camping, others go for long hikes or bike rides, and some people just want to walk around and take in the experience of exploring a new neighborhood. This is especially helpful if you’re currently in the market for a new home. Sometimes you just don’t get the same neighborhood feeling from only looking at the home itself. You have to go out and experience the surrounding neighborhood for yourself. Here’s a few quick tips to consider when you go off exploring:

  • Have Loose Plans: You don’t want to adhere to a strict schedule of things to see. The goal is take everything in. Don’t walk with a specific route in mind, just go with what feels right in the moment and see where it takes you. After all, if you get lost there’s always Google Maps to bail you out.

  • Meet People: As you walk through the neighborhood, you’ll probably come across people walking their dogs or outside tending to their yard or garden. Strike up some casual conversation with them. See what they like/dislike about the area. This is also a good opportunity to see the neighborly culture at play. Some neighborhoods are more reserved where people just keep to themselves, and others are much more personable and social with one another.

  • Research Online: While you shouldn’t feel the need to come up with tons of specific places to visit or check out, doing some light research on the neighborhood and the surrounding shops, restaurants, and other local attractions could benefit you later on as you’re exploring. Especially when it comes time to stop somewhere for lunch.

  • Be Safe: The golden rule of exploring any unfamiliar neighborhood or area is to just do everything safely. Always be aware of your surroundings and make smart, informed decisions. While everything will likely be fine, it never hurts to be extra cautious so you don’t have to deal with any big problems down the road.