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Moving to a new town is a big step. It’s exciting, of course, but also a little scary. Many of us relocate for work, so there’s always that, but we also hope to have a life outside of work, right?
Getting to know the ins and outs of your new city is a good idea so you can find things to do for you and your family. You can make it fun and exciting too.
Here are a few tips for exploring your new city:
Check out the local newspaper (and publications like local guides)
Yes, a Google search is pretty useful, but to get to the real story of local goings-on, you’ll want to get a newspaper. There are also local publications like the ones you see in places such as diners and coffee shops. These publications go in depth about the who, what, where and why of the area. You may even meet interesting people in the places where you go to pick them up and read them!
Festivals, Outdoor Markets, and Local Events
Any place where the locals gather is an interesting place to discover new things about your new city. Outdoor, or farmers markets offer insight into the agrarian and artistic communities of your town. Some neighborhoods host festivals which reflect their ethnic origins with fascinating food and traditions to learn about. It’s a great way to learn about the people and places that surround you!
Buy (or rent) a bike
Driving gets you around quickly, but there’s nothing like riding a bicycle to become truly immersed in your surroundings. A leisurely pedal-pace around your neighborhood and town gives you time to notice things you’ll miss in your car. Take time to stop and visit a local bakery, deli, or coffee shop. You can burn the calories on the way home!
Take a stroll
We lose touch being by ourselves in our car or searching for everything on our phones or computers. Get out for a walk! Even more immersive than a bike ride, walking connects you with people you see. Don’t be afraid to make eye contact, say hello, or even ask a question!
Meet your neighbors
Everybody notices when a new person (or family) moves in. Many people will even stop by to say hi. If not, make the effort yourself. Your new neighbors can tell you where the best grocery store or dry cleaner is. Or where the best neighborhood “watering hole” might be. Making friends fast starts close to home.
Go to the library
In cities and towns of all sizes, the local library is often the center of local life and culture. Many libraries host events, classes, and displays of local cultural significance.
Find volunteer opportunities
A great way to connect with your new community is to further your interest and support of your passions. You can find volunteer opportunities in lots of different places – like the library and other organizations which host local events. Being around people in the community who share some of your passions is a great way to meet people and make friends.
Being in a new city is a bit stressful, but is also a new adventure. Take advantage of the opportunity to get to know the people, places, history and culture of your new neighborhood and town. You’re a part of it now!
ForRent.com Six Ways To Explore Your New City
We sometimes grow bored of where we live. Sometimes we even ‘outgrow’ our homes! However, there are a lot of different things to consider when your current lease is ending.
Here are a few things to think about when your lease is up:
Dollars and sense
When you start adding up all the small (and large) costs involved in moving, you realize that it’s rather expensive. Not to mention you’ll have a potential increase in rent and buying the pizza for your friends to help out with the move. Seriously, though, the estimated cost of moving can reach into the thousands of dollars. That makes staying put sound pretty good, right?
Keep the upper hand
Releasing your place is expensive for the management company/property owner, especially for small communities (or small number unit owners). This includes advertising, preparation of the space for a new tenant, and ‘dead’ time between your move-out and a new tenant’s move-in. Any smart manager wants to keep this to a minimum.
And this provides you with a negotiating point when discussing any new provisions in renewing your lease, such as an increase in the rent. Your current lease may have information about renewal provisions, so study that before its expiration. In some cities and communities, there are local laws which also limit rent increases, so keep that in mind as you work with the manager/owner on renewing your lease.
Do you know and like your neighbors? Have a good rapport with the manager/owner? It takes time to develop those relationships, and you never know how well you may fit into a new community. The transactional nature of the landlord/tenant relationship is always important, i.e., you pay rent on time, they provide timely service, etc. However, having a good relationship with maintenance folks and office staff keeps you connected and is worth considering.
All-in-all, there are going to be situations where a move is necessary, but in a scenario where you’re thinking you may just need a ‘change,’ take time to consider all the positive aspects of the place you’re in. Weighing that against the expense and risk of moving to an unknown situation may lead you to conclude that your happy home is right where you are.
A big advantage to renting is avoiding the hassle of home maintenance and repair. However, depending on the type of property you’re renting and the type of ownership/management, there are still going to be some maintenance and repairs that are up to you. In general, you can be sure that any damage over normal wear and tear - and especially accidental damage caused by you - will be your responsibility to repair.
Here are examples of repairs that renters are responsible for:
Pet damage, including treatment for flea infestations
A pet deposit and premium added to your rent is not insurance for the damage they may cause. So if your pet chews up permanent fixtures, walls, doors, etc. that repair is up to you.
Property owners/managers understand
Tip: Make a habit of removing your shoes when you come home! That’ll be an incentive to keep the floors clean.
Damage to interior areas, such as walls and cabinets
This includes holes in walls and ceilings from hanging items, damaged doors, and door frames, and broken cabinet doors.
Neglect of or misused appliances
Yes, cleaning the oven and stovetop once in awhile is a good thing. And watch what you put in the washing machine or down the disposal. Avoid slamming doors or placing heavy objects on appliance doors since doing so can wear down or eventually break their hinges.
Damage to door or window locks or broken windows
We’ve all been locked out. Sometimes the lockout fee is cheaper than the repair for do-it-yourselfers. For a single-family home, it may best to keep a spare key with a trusted neighbor. If using the hide a key method, keep security in mind. If you’ve thought of a great hiding place, a potential burglar may have too.
If you see water, it’s best to act immediately. If a tub/sink/toilet has overflowed, stop the water and clean up quickly. In most cases, it will dry up just fine with little noticeable damage. If you find chronic water leaks, however, notify the owner/manager.
The key to minimizing your expenses on repairs is to use common sense and the golden rule: treat your rental home as if it is your own. Keeping a clean and well-maintained home is a good idea even if you don’t own it. This reduces your expenses in the long run.
Communicate with your property’s owner/manager and maintain a good relationship – they will be much easier to work with that way. And finally, make sure you’re familiar with your lease and all of its provisions with regard to maintenance and repair.
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- Exploring Your New City
- When Your Lease Is Up, It May Be Best To Stay Put!
- Repairs That Renters Are Responsible For
- Home Improvements That Don’t Pay Off
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- Landlord Rescue: Mistakes to Avoid When Managing Your Own Rental Property in Marietta, GA
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