Moving your family is stressful, no matter how far your old home is away from your new one. You have to pack up your possessions, bid friends goodbye, and often change schools and jobs. Becoming part of a new neighborhood takes some time, but you can speed up the process by being proactive and planning your integration into the new territory. While everyone’s experience is unique, experts agree on certain helpful steps to make you feel at home fast.
1. Professional Movers
Hiring professional movers can save your sanity and your dining room table. An experienced crew will perform much of the physical labor and protect your beloved possessions. While Uncle Jerry may have good intentions, your piano may not survive the back of his camper. Even with the help of professional movers, you’ll still have plenty to do, but professionals can significantly lessen your stress.
Before the move, thoroughly research your new neighborhood. Learn everything you can about the schools and community organizations before you arrive. Create a list of local attractions and events that appeal to your family so you can begin to enjoy your new surroundings. You will have fun and quickly meet new people. The more you are out and about, the faster you become part of the neighborhood.
In televisions shows, the people next door show up on your porch with a pot roast and offers to help you move in. In reality, they may hesitate to intrude, knowing that you are probably overwhelmed with the move. Plus, their own family life is probably busy. Instead of waiting for them to come over, you should make the first move. You may see them in the yard or when they are headed out to work. Don’t hesitate to pop over and introduce yourself. Asking a simple question about the local shops can break the ice.
Once you have unpacked and caught your breath, consider volunteering. You can choose a new cause or continue the type of work you were doing in your previous home. For instance, volunteer at the local hospital, join the neighborhood march against breast cancer or volunteer at a local food pantry. You will feel good about yourself and also meet like-minded people who will appreciate your commitment to your new community.
Carpooling to work or school saves you transportation expenses and may also help you bond quickly with other local residents. Sharing coffee, family anecdotes and even work complaints can be the foundation of beautiful relationships.
6. Dine Out
Dining out in your new location is helpful in several ways. You have a reprieve from food preparation and clean up while getting a real sense of the neighborhood. People and places will soon become familiar, and your presence will be noted by the locals. You may soon become regulars at a few favorite restaurants.
You should get to know your Homeowners Association as soon as possible. Study their rules closely so that you don’t inadvertently violate them and cause hard feelings in the neighborhood. Keep your grass trimmed, attend the meetings and offer suggestions as time goes by. Your concern will be noted by your neighbors, who will see that you are responsible and committed to your new home.
Entertaining your neighbors doesn’t require a formal dinner party. You can host a few people at a backyard barbecue or a movie night with little effort or expense. You should consider these invites as an investment in your home. When you cultivate cordial relationships in your neighborhood, you help to create a secure and happy environment for your family. You may receive some reciprocal invitations as well.
If you take a class at the local community college or other educational organization, you will enrich your life and spend time with others who have some of the same interests. If you don’t want to go that route, sign up for an exercise or dance class. Join a gym. It’s important to your mental health that you interact with people in person. Studies show that doing so helps fight depression.
If you are religious, joining a neighborhood house of worship is one of the most effective ways to become part of the community. You will meet regularly with those that share your beliefs and participate in the many social occasions that come with being an active member. Your new worship family should help you feel welcome and at home. If you have children, a house of worship can offer them instant playmates, so they won’t feel as homesick for their old friends
Moving to a new home can be wonderful. You can ease the pain of moving by planning ahead, researching your new neighborhood and diving into community life once you arrive. While you may feel displaced and inclined to isolate, you shouldn’t. Grab the grill by the handles and get to know your neighbors. By this time next year, you can be a vital part of your new community.
If you’re interested in getting help on moving day, contact Ayer Moving & Storage for a free estimate. We offer moving assistance with local, interstate and international moves. We also provide moving truck rentals, storage services, and packing help, so call today to let us know which services you need.