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How To Scout A New City Before Moving To Texas

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Moving to Texas is an exciting change! For many people it’s fresh start. It could mean a new job, a new school, and new friends and experiences. Or, you might be starting a new business in Texas. Either way, moving to a new state can be stressful and time consuming.

How Well Do You Know Texas?

Are you completely unfamiliar with Texas? If so, you’re not alone! Many people move to Texas without being acquainted with the people, business climate, culture, or history. The less familiar you are with any new destination, the more stressful the move can be. So, it’s definitely to your benefit to familiarize yourself with all that Texas has to offer…before making the move. That way, you’re more comfortable with the big change. Take some of the pressure off with these tips for moving to Texas.

Scouting Trip To Texas

Taking a trip to Texas is a fantastic way to familiarize yourself with the roads, infrastructure, local neighborhood services, tthe entertainment scene, school systems and more! A week is ideal, but even a quick weekend trip can help you get used to your new city. And, it’s a great idea for a family trip. It will definitely help your kids feel a bit more comfortable about the move. You’ll find that Texas has a vibrant culture and history, with lots to offer you and your family.

The Heat

When you travel in Texas matters. If you come to the Lone Star State during the spring or fall, you might trick yourself into thinking the weather here is nice all the time. That’s not the case. Visit Texas during the blazing summer months to get a realistic idea of how hot it gets here. And if you travel here during the summer, take precautions. Wear sun block, stay in the shade as much as possible, and drink plenty of water.

Bike Tours

Get intimate with your new city. Biking is good way to cover a lot of ground and a great way to get a feel for new neighborhoods. Familiarize yourself with the people, sights, sounds, and scenery of your new location. For example, if you’re moving to a bike-friendly city like Austin, you can ride scenic bicycle routes like the one around Lady Bird Lake. Print out free downloadable route maps from the city’s official website before peddling away. Early morning or early evening biking is best during the summer months. If biking isn’t your thing than walking or driving tours are almost as effective.

Online Research

Besides touring the city on your own, spend time checking out neighborhoods that appeal to you before or during your scouting trip. Depending on where you will be living, do online research on various neighborhood. There are several Texas metros that stand out in terms of education, overall crime data, and strong economies. Moving To Texas is a great resource for learning more about Texas cities or finding jobs in Texas. You can also find info about schools in Texas, or learn about what life is like for people living in Texas.

Meet With A Realtor

If you plan on using a realtor to buy a home, you can use your scouting trip as an opportunity to meet several of them and pick the best one. Just call or email them ahead of time to set up a quick meeting during your scouting trip. Let them know what you’re looking for and they will help find your new home. Realtors will be familiar with local neighborhoods, they can point you in the right direction. It helps to put a name to a face. And you’re more likely to find someone you like and trust if you meet them in person. If you are renting instead of buying, use an apartment finder instead. Apartment finders get paid by the apartments, so you can have one work for you for free. You’ll find that most Texans are very friendly, so you should have no problem finding a realtor or apartment finder who’s a good fit for you.

Stay Organized & Take Notes

Bring a smartphone, iPad, or PC tablet with you on your trip. That’ll help you remember promising locations and keep track of your experiences in Texas. You can download great note taking apps for these devices, like Evernote. That can help keep you organized and ready for the next step…moving to Texas! Also, you can take photos with your smart phone or tablet, adding to your collection of notes. That way, you’re not sifting through post-its and scraps of paper while planning your move to Texas.

After your trip, use your notes to narrow down any neighborhoods you might want to live in. Use your realtor or apartment finder to find a home you want to rent or buy. Armed with the knowledge from your scouting trip, you’ll be in a good position to pick the best neighborhood for you, before moving to Texas. Scouting out a new city in Texas before your move will help you find a perfect location.

Read More: What Parents Should Know About Home Schooling In Texas

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