Moving to Santa Fe can be sometimes a cultural shock especially if you’re moving from a large city. Here are some quick ideas and facts you may want to know before moving to the “City Different“.

Research before you move. It’s important to understand the culture you’re joining. Do research online and find out about school systems, neighborhoods, parking, weather, public transportation, and laws that are native to that area. If you can, visit a city before moving and connect with someone who’s lived there before.

Have a plan. There are a lot of steps to go through before you start packing the moving truck. Find housing before you leave, or at least know where you’ll stay while you look for a home. Never sign a lease on an apartment that you haven’t seen. If you can’t get there, find a friend or an employer to check for you. Have a job waiting for you, or if that’s not possible, know what you’ll do for money in the first few weeks of living there. Try to line up things like driver’s licenses, car insurance, renter’s insurance, and parking passes ahead of time as well.

Get involved. Meeting people in Santa Fe can be fun. At Quail Run we always have something going on. Check out our monthly Newsletter, talk to our on-site Realtors. If there are things you liked to do in your town, find ways to do those things in the city. Try new things. Volunteer. Santa Fe has many opportunities to engage other people, so find what you like.

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