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  • Writer's pictureJenny

Learn The Location: What To Read Before You Move

Updated: Dec 12, 2019

Moving home is always an exciting time, even if you have a lot of work to do. With the joy of moving into a new place, though, it can be all too easy to ignore crucial aspects of this process which will make your life a lot easier down the line. Learning about the location you’ll be calling home is a big part of this. There will be a lot of things to pick up on, especially if you’re moving quite far, and having this knowledge can be a lifesaver when you’re in the midst of building your new life. To help you out with this, this post will be exploring some of the best places to learn about your new home.

Local Government

Even in places with a lot of privatisation, the local government is likely to operate and run a lot of the local services you will be using each day. This makes their resources invaluable to those new to the area. Bus links, schools, and hospitals are all great examples of the sort of services the government is going to be running, and most people will need to use at least one of them shortly after they move to their new place. Having a good idea of what is available before you move can make your life a lot easier.


Blogging has surged in popularity over the last few years, with countless websites popping up which offer content in this form. Examples like OTGM are great for those looking to find an outside perspective for the place they are moving to, though you can also find websites which are much more localised. Reading content like this will teach you about both the good and the bad side of your new home, making it worth reading some blogs before you decide to buy a place. Of course, though, you shouldn’t rely on this entirely, as a lot of people will have a good time and won’t write about it at all.

The People

The internet has opened the doors to a lot of different forms of communication over the last few years. Social media has quickly become one of the most popular website types across the web, and this can provide you with an excellent resource when you’re exploring a new town. Most places will have their own community pages on sites like Facebook, giving you access to the thoughts of local people. You will quickly develop an understanding of how friendly a place is, what they have on offer, and the problems it faces when you read the pages. This is well worth your time, and is something a lot of people will continue to do after their move.

With all of this in mind, you should be feeling ready to take on the challenge of learning a location before you move to it. A lot of people struggle with work like this, finding it hard to know what they should be doing before moving home. Of course, though, you will have to fit this around your normal work.


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