Moving is a natural part of life. In fact, the average American moves about 12 times in her lifetime. Even if you don’t move quite that many times, chances are, you’ll relocate a time or two before settling into a more permanent home.
For being something we do so often, moving is a big undertaking. Between packing up literally thousands of items to traveling potentially hundreds of miles, getting to your new home is no easy task. To make matters more challenging, once settled, you have to do the work of familiarizing yourself with the area and making new friends.
If you’re about to move, or if you’ve just moved to a neighborhood, don’t fret. Soon, this new and unusual place will feel like a comfortable, happy home. In the meantime, here are three ways to get comfortable in a new neighborhood.
1. Host A Housewarming Party
Once you’ve had time to unpack and unwind a bit, consider throwing a little get-together in your new home. Hosting a house warming party is a great way to meet your neighbors and get comfortable in a new neighborhood.
Inviting friends and family gives them the chance to check out your new place, and they’ll feel more ready to come visit again. If you’ve moved too far away for your older friends to visit, invite your neighbors or new coworkers instead. Keep things simple — after all, you just moved in. With a few refreshing drinks, tasty snacks, and a good playlist, your house will feel more like a home full of good friends in no time!
2. Learn Where to Get the Essentials
When you first move to a new place, it can be difficult to get your bearings. Running simple errands like getting gas or stopping at the bank are suddenly disorienting chores. Identifing and visiting the important destinations in the neighborhood once you are settled will go a long way in helping you get comfortable in a new neighborhood. Figure out where you’ll be grocery shopping, where you’ll be banking, where you’ll get gas, and where places like the pharmacy and the post office are located.
During your first few weeks, you can also make use of online shopping to get essentials, like a few outfits for your new job or textbooks for your new school. Since revenue for the worldwide e-commerce fashion industry is expected to rise to $712.9 by 2022, there should be no shortage of clothing essentials available online!
3. Become a Hometown Tourist
Once you’ve met a few new people and know where to buy bread, take an afternoon or weekend to explore your neighborhood leisure opportunities. Spend a day trying a few different restaurants, or ride a bike around local parks. Doing this will help you get comfortable in a new neighborhood quickly.
Be sure to bring your phone with you for on-the-go review perusals. Since it’s been estimated that 50% of online searches will be conducted with voice technology by 2020, don’t hesitate to ask Siri which coffee shops and bookstores she recommends!
Moving can be scary, but getting used to a new town can be even more frightening. With these tips, you’ll be making new friends and finding favorite haunts in no time. By getting accustomed quickly, you’ll be more comfortable and confident the next time adventure calls you to move to a new place!