Thinking of moving to Placitas NM? I had clients who moved here from Italy based on an article I wrote several years back that they read on the Placitas Chamber of Commerce website. They loved Placitas when they came to visit, and eventually they bought a home here, but once they moved in, they had some trouble getting their new lives established. If only I’d had a post or two like this to share with them back then! It would have helped them a lot, I think.
So here are seven things you need to know if you are moving to Placitas.
- Get involved in the community so you don’t feel lonely once you arrive. Join one of the many active groups in Placitas. Most of them have an “open door policy” for people to join. For a list of some of the more popular community organizations click here.
- Getting established with doctors in Albuquerque or Santa Fe will require some effort. Don’t wait for an emergency, start looking for them as soon as you arrive!
- You’ll be living with a septic tank instead of city sewers. Get to know how to take care of your septic tank, how to treat it with bacteria, how often it should be pumped, etc. We can help you get good information from local experts.
- If you move into a neighborhood with a Home Owner’s Association or a water co-op, go to the meetings and try to get yourself on the Board. This is a great way to meet your neighbors and get involved in the community.
- The Sandoval SignPost is the area’s monthly newspaper. If you want to develop an in-depth feeling for Placitas, search the “Back Issues” Link on SandovalSignPost.com.
- Your first property tax bill may not reach you in a timely manner. To make sure you pay by the November 10 due date visit the Sandoval County Assessor’s Property Search online. That’s where you will also find your tax bill and a history of previous tax payments. You can call them with questions at (505) 867-7562.
- The Leash Law applies to dogs in Placitas. Even though we live in a more rural setting, animal control will pick up stray animals and you’ll have to pay to get them back. Dogs should be implanted with chips, and cats should probably stay indoors to avoid being attacked by owls and other predators.
Of course there are many, many more things you need to know if you are considering moving to Placitas, NM, but I hope this information about the place I love is helpful to you.