6 Things To Do When Moving to East Valley, AZ  

Whether you’re moving to the East Valley from another part of the Phoenix metro area or relocating from another state or beyond, getting settled in a new community can be very exciting as well as physically and emotionally challenging. There are a million and one things to consider such as the actual packing and moving your belongings from here to there, saying goodbye to everyone that you’ll be leaving behind, changing jobs, finding the right home for your family, and getting used to the lay of the land in your new surroundings. Clump all these things together and it can feel pretty daunting, but it doesn’t have to be. 

Below are a few things you'll want to do when moving to East Valley, AZ:

1). Find A Local REALTOR®

One of the first things you’ll want to do is to do a search for REALTORS® in East Valley Arizona. Having a skilled real estate professional by your side will be one of your best assets for navigating the local market of available homes for sale in East Valley Arizona and securing an offer. An experienced REALTOR can provide a wealth of local knowledge such as information about the different East Valley communities and neighborhoods, the types of homes and features offered, the top builders in the region, the best schools, local area amenities commute times, and so much more. 

You can also request customized search results that match your specific home criteria delivered directly to your email. A reputable agent will be more than happy to help uncover the perfect home for your family in the right neighborhood and also help you get acclimated to your new surroundings by proving you with helpful local resources and a tour the surrounding area.

2). Learn Your Way Around Town

Once you’ve actually found and moved into one of the beautiful homes for sale in East Valley Arizona, a brand new town can seem pretty overwhelming, especially when you don’t know where the heck anything is, such as the nearest grocery store, drug store, dry cleaner, coffee shop, the mall, etc. The first thing you can do is to check out online places like Google Maps, Yelp, TripSavvy or Citysearch. If you want to grab a cup of coffee or some lunch, look at local reviews of nearby spots. You’ll probably shop around a bit before settling into your regular routine, but the internet should give you a good start. 

3). Ask the Locals

The Internet is great for gathering up information, but there's no substitute for picking the brain of a live person that actually lives in the community you’ve moved to or planning on moving to. Locals area great source of information, even if they’re just people you meet for a few minutes on the street, in a coffee shop, in line at the grocery store or elsewhere. People tend to have a lot of pride in their favorite local hangouts and will gladly offer up their own advice. 

Ask any and all questions you have from where are the best places to eat to where are the best places to go hiking to how bad the traffic is at rush hour. Call them, go out to lunch with them, or just email back and forth and pick their brain. A simple “I just moved here” line works wonders. It’s remarkable how friendly and helpful people are to newcomers. They’re bound to give you a few nuggets of information you might not have gotten elsewhere.     

4). Join a Social Group

A great way to find people with similar interests is to explore social avenues for your favorite hobbies. Even if it’s something you haven’t visited for a while. it’s a great way to get out and meet like-minded people that share your interests. Meetup.com is a great way to find groups based on similar interests in your area. Just type in where you are and what you’re looking for and you’ll probably find multiple groups getting together during the month. 

Rarely are you the only one with your interests in a given town, so just do a little sleuthing online and don’t be afraid to ask around. You can also try getting involved in community service and other local organizations. It can even be something you don’t need any previous experience for such as volunteering at a local food bank, joining the local Lions Club or a church volunteer group - anything that gets you out and meeting new people is better than staying home all alone. 

5). Meet Your Neighbors

Whether you live in a condo high-rise or in a neighborhood or subdivision, it’s always worth a shot to be friendly with those living in closest proximity to you. Chances are that your neighbors will be curious about you as well, and you might even run into them during the course of your move-in. These will be the people who hold onto your spare key, lend you a cup of sugar, or invite you over to watch the game or for a barbecue among friends.

6). Plan Your Work Commute & Parking 

If you are relocated to East Valley due a new job opportunity, more than likely, you took this into consideration when searching for homes for sale in East Valley Arizona. Whether you’re within walking distance to work or need a car to get there, planning your route before you start your job is extremely helpful. Mapping out your commute will allow you to get to know the local traffic patterns and give you an idea of how much time you’ll need to get to work each morning.

You will also want to find out about parking. If you’re moving somewhere that only has street parking, you'll want to make note of any parking regulations so you know the times each week when you’ll be required to move your car and can plan accordingly. Also, if your job is in an urban area with parking garages, you’ll want to find out about monthly parking costs and make the best choice for your needs ahead of time.

Partner with One of The Best East Valley Arizona REALTORS® - Cathy Carter

Cathy Carter and her friendly and professional team provide the kind of experience, skills, dedication, and personalized service you need and deserve when moving to East Valley and buying a home. With over two decades of experience in the real estate industry and the East Valley area, Cathy offers a wealth of local information. She can inform you about the details of the area you are moving to before making your home purchase decision. She can also help direct you to pre-qualifying and put you in touch with the best lender for your unique situation. 

Cathy truly understands how important it is to build trust and long-standing relationships with all of her clients and prides herself on her many client referrals over the years. She will always listen to your needs and concerns and have only your best interests in mind. Cathy and her team are available whenever you need them - their phone never goes unanswered. 

Cathy knows the East Valley exceptionally well, which is an asset that her clients quickly come to appreciate. She is a highly trained Relocation Specialist who will cater to your every requirement when you are moving into or out of the area. Relocation Specialists absolutely must have unmatched real estate market knowledge, be informed about the community, its services, and the local economy and businesses. 

If you are ready to get started on your search for homes for sale in East Valley Arizona, Cathy would love to help you throughout your purchase process! Call Cathy today at 480-459-8488 or get in touch with her here!


2450 S. Arizona Ave, Suite 1 
Chandler, Arizona 85286 
Cell: 480-459-8488 
Toll-Free: 800-519-5578

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Cathy has been in the Real Estate industry for over two and a half decades in the Arizona market. She has the ability and confidence along with continued education that is necessary to succeed in this ever-changing market. Cathy specializes in difficult to move properties in the Chandler Area. Quick to respond to all tasks required. Equator Certified Platinum for Bank owned homes and Short Sales as well.

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