METCALF MOVING BLOG
Tips for Relocating to a New Neighborhood
Moving into a new neighborhood with no familiar friendly faces can be daunting. It’s even more draining on you when there is a ton of unpacking to do and other chores related to the move. Add to that learning about the new schools, commutes, and other area logistics; it can be overwhelming.
Here are a few tips to help make your transition to a new neighborhood just a little bit easier.
Get Familiar With the New Neighborhood’s Layout
One of the best ways to ease anxiety about moving to a new neighborhood is getting to know it before relocating. If your new home is in the same city or nearby, park the car and take walks through the area. Then practice driving commutes or trips around town. If the distance is a factor, use technology by taking virtual walks to get to know where the roadways, shopping centers, schools, public transportation, and other areas are. Of course, it’s not the same as spending physical time, but it will at least offer familiarity, especially if using satellite imaging.
Make the New House a Home
Nothing eases stress more than having a haven to come home to. Of course, unpacking can take time, but the sooner your familiar belongings are in sight, the more comfortable it will be.
- Position and hang photos
- Connect technology
- Arrange plants
- Set up kitchen appliances
- Install smoke and carbon monoxide detectors
- Place fire extinguishers where needed
- Change the locks, add exterior lighting, and, if desired, a home security system.
Once you complete these tasks, it’ll be easier to take a deep breath before getting ready to become part of a new community.
Meet New Neighbors
Once settled in, try to talk to immediate neighbors. Getting to know the people in the community will help provide a feeling of belonging. It’s often intimidating to meet people, especially if you are shy or unsure how to approach people. The good news is there are plenty of ways to meet people. The key is whatever tack you try; be friendly and approachable, but avoid coming across as pushy and intrusive.
- Introduce yourself to nearby neighbors to say a brief hello.
- Take walks in the neighborhood and greet people along the way.
- Go out to do gardening or mow the lawn and strike up conversations with neighbors doing the same.
- Tell people you’re new and ask about community events or recommendations for restaurants, shops, etc.
Playgrounds, dog parks, gyms, community centers, and other local hangouts are other places to meet people. Over time, try to steadily get involved with community life by volunteering, joining local organizations, joining the PTA, or other areas of interest. Eventually, a natural circle of friends will develop.
Download Local Apps
To help make life easier, download apps to help connect with your area. Helpful apps can include grocery stores, restaurant deliveries, public transit, rideshare, and the “Here Comes the Bus” app (if the school participates). Additionally, these apps help you learn tricks and tips and allow you to read reviews. Many communities also participate in “Next Door,” an online space, much like Facebook, but specific to local neighborhoods. Members have to be verified to join, and then they can participate in discussions, ask questions, or read current happenings.
Moving Made Easy
Are you getting ready to move to a new neighborhood? Contact us today for a free quote. We’re happy to help provide tips or answer any questions.