Moving to a new neighborhood can be emotionally jarring and can bring up a range of feelings whether you’re relocating alone or with the entire family. You find a pair of home buyers to purchase your lovely abode, pack everything you own in boxes, and move them to a new space. It takes time adjusting to a new neighborhood, and environment. For many people, this process can spike fears of instability. Fortunately, there are certain things you can do to make transitioning to a new neighborhood smooth and easy.
Meet Your Neighbors
Although getting to know your new neighbors may not be high on your list of priorities after you have just moved in, it can help you feel more settled. There are countless things to do after a move. Most people usually don’t initially prioritize meeting their neighbors. Leave a few boxes unpacked and get to know the people that live close by.
Knowing your neighbors can make you feel safer in your new home. We have all learned from this past year that human connection is important! Besides, you might meet some people that you really like and develop a strong and long-lasting friendship.
Host a Housewarming Party
Planning a party after you have just moved into your new home is probably the last thing you want to do. Hosting a get-together, potluck, or game night is a great way to meet your neighbors, and also show friends your new home. Does this already sound like too much work? A potluck may be a good choice for you. Guests can each cook and bring food to take the cooking load off your shoulders.
When organizing an event, make sure to keep it simple. Your guests will know that you’ve just settled in. Unpacked boxes can be used as tables, or even chairs if needed. Most people usually won’t expect you to organize a fancy party. Do you have an outside area attached to your new abode? If distancing is required for your gathering, utilize your outside space. This also helps minimize clean-up. Let the grass be your spill mat.
Research the Best Local Establishments
Whether you’re into sports, theater, sports, live music, or fine dining, finding the best hotspots and hangouts in your new neighborhood is a great way to feel more at home. You can find helpful reviews and the exact locations of certain places using Yelp and Google Maps. If you want to become closer with your new neighbors, ask them where they would like to go for fun. Word-of-mouth recommendations are in most cases more real and helpful than online reviews.
Do your research in the area to find the best local recreation spots where you and your family can blow off some steam. This is especially beneficial if you have kids – you can organize your little sports tournaments and let them freely play and run. Parks, playgrounds, libraries, and other kid-friendly spots can keep your little ones engaged and active and engaged. These activities can even help smooth out the transition of moving to a new home, which can be hard on kids.
Set Up a Security System
Around 70% of all burglaries occur in residential properties, which means you should do your best to prepare for that possibility. Before you move to your new neighborhood, research the crime rates and the layout in your new area to create a general security plan. You can research sex offender registries, local crime reports, and even inquire about your new neighborhood at the police station.
After you have settled in your new home, talk to your neighbors to see how they protect their properties – they might be able to give you some great recommendations. Some common measures to take to protect your home include installing wireless cameras, a security system, and the classic “Beware of Dogs” sign.
Many communities have their own Facebook groups where residents of the neighborhood share events and happenings. Joining them can be a great idea for you to stay informed about what’s going on in your area.
Acclimating to a new neighborhood comes with its challenges. Logistically, we need to get our new setup dialed in. On top of that, we yearn to connect with people in the community. By utilizing these tips, you can ease into your new home and begin to prosper.