Whether you are moving to the other side of town or relocating half-way across the country, moving can be a bit nerve-wracking. The United States Census Bureau reports that 11.2 percent of the population moved in 2016 – that adds up to a lot of people who need to become acquainted with a new community.
Not sure where to begin? Take a look at these six tips to help you get settled in and feel comfortable in your new community.
Get to know the new neighbors. When you move into a new neighborhood or area, it’s always exciting to see who your new neighbors are. Yet too often, finding the time to introduce yourself doesn’t happen. Make it a priority to get to know the neighbors. Knowing who you live by can provider a safer community where people look out for each other. After moving from a place that’s familiar to a brand spanking new one, you need to do what you can to feel adjusted to the new place.
Start some conversations.Even though you may have the perfect opportunity to meet your new neighbors doesn’t necessarily mean it’ll happen. It’s okay if you’re shy or private. Think of ways to start a conversation and go ahead and introduce yourself. It will be nice to see what you and your neighbors have in common.
Get involved in the community. It takes awhile to feel like you are part of a community. Put in some time and effort and you can connect with people, whether you are volunteering at a soup kitchen or in your children’s school. You will also get to know new people if you work at a job outside of the home or visit the gym. The more people you connect with, the more settled you will feel in your new neighborhood.
Act like a tourist. Once you spend a couple days getting settled and unpacking, take some time away from your new house and all of the stress. Reward yourself for your hard work and check out the new community. There are lots of ways you can act like a tourist in your own backyard and get the lay of the land. Find out who delivers the fastest pizza, where the best sit-down restaurants are in town. Head to some parks and let your children play and make some friends. Familiarize yourself with the local events by joining local Facebook groups, picking up magazines, and subscribing to the local paper.
Host a housewarming bash. While planning and hosting a party may be the last thing you feel like doing after a move, it’s a great way to help you settle into your new neighborhood. Invite over some of the neighbors so you can get to know them. It’s okay to keep it simple; some snacks and drinks are all you need. Your guests will know hat you recently moved in and won’t expect a fancy party. Don’t be afraid to encourage your guests to bring a snack to share.
Get into your normal routine. Moving is hard on everyone, and especially hard on children and pets. Get back into your regular routine as soon as you can. If there are things the children enjoy such as Friday night pizza, try not to skip it. Children need continuity and, while moving disrupts it, you can still take the necessary measures to make you all feel at home. Make sure your children are registered at school and help them get to know children in the neighborhood too. It’s vital for your kids to have something to look forward to.
As you get through the hectic stages of unpacking, you’re probably ready to start making your house a home. Embrace and celebrate your new beginning!
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