Around 900 people move to Florida every day.
Whether you’re moving to the next town over or moving across the country, moving to a new neighborhood can cause people to feel a mix of emotions.
Settling into a new place can be a struggle for a lot of people, but we’re here to make it easier.
Here are 10 important things to do when moving to a new place.
1. Be a Backyard Adventurer
Moving to a new neighborhood can be overwhelming and disorienting for some people. When moving to a new home, it helps to get out and explore your community, either by foot or by bike.
This not only helps to orient yourself to the neighborhood, but it’s a great way to discover hidden gems in your area that are off the beaten track. From a hidden park or pond to a local dive bar, there are discoveries you can only make by being a backyard adventurer.
2. When Moving to a New Neighborhood, Start Getting to Know People Close to Home!
No matter where you’re moving you will have new neighbors. They can be a mile away or right next to you, either way, they’re a great resource.
No one knows more about living in your neighborhood than people who have been living there. They know the rules of the HOA, they know which restaurants are great for date night, and where to bring your dog for a good walk.
3. Establish Yourself
Now that you know how important it is to put yourself out there, you may be wondering the best way to do this.
Make yourself as approachable as possible. Use your front porch, mow your lawn, and allow yourself to be seen as warm and welcoming to people. You’d be surprised at how many people will approach you if given the chance. With all the stress of moving, it’s always nice for your neighbors to come to you.
4. Find Your Neighborhood Staples
Relocating to a new city means rebuilding your network in every sense of the word. While you may be excited about the new nightlife and dining opportunities, it’s important to re-establish your everyday staples.
These are the following places to put on your moving to another city checklist:
- Your new “regular” spot- a bar or restaurant where the wait staff will soon know your name and order.
- Your all-purpose grocery store
- Your late night craving spot
- Best cup of coffee in your new city
- A park or dog park for Sparky!
5. Get Involved
Volunteering and being involved in civic organizations don’t just make you feel good, they expand your social network.
An excellent way to find places and organizations to be a part of is by looking at the community board at your local coffee shop or grocery store. You can also visit volunteer matching sites for specific and targeted volunteer opportunities in the area.
6. Ask for Recommendations in Your Network
Chances are if you’re moving far away, you have at least met a friend of a friend in that city.
Now that you’re in the city try reaching out to your network to see if they can recommend you meet up with a friend or friend. This will help you get insider advice and feel like a local.
7. Use Social Media
Twitter is not just for following famous movie stars! Use your social media presence to help adjust to your move.
Many neighborhoods have established Facebook groups to introduce new neighbors. Even if your neighborhood doesn’t have a social media presence, you can use this platform for reviews and recommendations.
Nextdoor is a free, private social network for you, your neighbors, and your community. It’s a convenient way for you and your neighbors to chat online. Get recommendations from neighbors about local contractors, restaurants, or events.
8. Host a Party
You spent a ton of time and energy making your house unique and homey.
Once you’ve settled in, what better way to both show off your investment and meet new people than by hosting a party? Whether you host a housewarming party or a holiday party, this can help establish your house as the place people want to be.
9. Visit the Visitor’s Center
Most towns, even the smaller ones, have a visitor’s center. Even if you’re not a visitor, these are great places to become knowledgeable about your town.
Visitor’s centers have coupons, flyers, and local history of your new neighborhood. It’s the ideal place to visit as a break from unpacking boxes.
10. Be Yourself!
Relaxing into a new house and a new neighborhood takes time! It’s important to take care of yourself first.
Being yourself and finding activities that you enjoy in your new neighborhood will attract people to you.
Moving to a new neighborhood doesn’t have to be the most stressful experience of your year!
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