When you move into a new neighborhood, it can be an overwhelming feeling of both stress and excitement. Even once you get settled into your new home with everything unpacked and organized, it can still be difficult to truly feel “at home” when you are still fairly unfamiliar with your surroundings. A new neighborhood means new everything – new layout, new roads, new neighbors, new services you must set up, and an overall new routine for you and your family when it comes to your day-to-day. If you are nervous about the transition into a new neighborhood ahead of your move, we have got you covered.
Check out some tips on how to best handle moving into a new neighborhood and how you can feel comfortable in your new space in no time!
1 – Introduce yourself to your neighbors and socialize.
First thing is first – you must put yourself out there and meet your neighbors. If you are a generally extroverted person, this will likely be no problem for you. For more introverted people, it will require you to get out of your comfort zone to introduce yourself to your neighbors and take the time to get to know them. The truth is, you will be living close to these people for at least the next few years, so you might as well see what they are about! Even if you are finding that you do not have common interests with your neighbors, it is always best to at least be acquaintances and get on good terms. Getting to know your neighbors can not only lead to great friends, and sometimes lifelong friendships, but will also help you to learn the ins and outs on your new surroundings. Plus, if you go away on a short weekend trip or for a week vacation, you will have people to rely on to keep an eye on your home or water your plants while you are gone.
Not sure how to break the ice with the neighbors? Remember to be as friendly and approachable as you can be when you are outside, whether you are doing lawn work, walking the dog, or grabbing your mail. And if you are someone who likes to host events, consider hosting a cookout or holiday party for you and your neighbors to get to know each other better.
2 – Update important information and documents.
One of the least fun parts about moving is all the documents that must be updated after your move. Once your address officially changes, make it a priority to ensure that all your mail is forwarded to your new address, and that your new address is reflected on all important documents such as for your utilities, cable and WiFi, credit cards, and other financial documents. While this can feel like a tedious process, it is best to get it out of the way sooner rather than later.
3 – Get comfortable with your new commute.
If you are someone who has a daily commute, take some time to familiarize yourself with the streets so that you can get a sense of what your commute will look like each day. This includes where you will be able to stop for gas, grab a coffee on the way, and any errands you will need to run such as to the grocery store, pharmacy, school if you have children, or the nearest doctor’s office.
4 – Get involved with local organizations and events.
Lastly, be sure to get involved as best as you can with community events, including local organizations that may be of interest to you. This is a great way to get yourself woven into the community and also a great way to meet new people. Overtime, you will find that you will feel more at home when you have a sense of who the people are around you.