Unless the house you are moving to is just the next street over, the process of moving can be grueling—and so can the adjustment period. Moving to a new house—whether it’s a piece of real estate in suburban Truganina or a property in a busy locale in Victoria—is not only physically and mentally taxing, but it can also be emotionally difficult. After all, you’re leaving behind places and friends that you’ve grown so accustomed to.
Nevertheless, there are some ways you can better adjust to your new setting. Here are some of the best ones:
1. Meet the neighbours
After you get settled in your new community, take the time to introduce yourself to the neighbours soon as you get the chance. Get to know each other through afternoon tea or maybe a dinner party. If you have children, help them make new friends by introducing them to the neighbours’ kids, as well.
Forming good relationships with the neighbours is extremely helpful in adjusting to your new environment. Moreover, they will likely be the first ones you can turn to for help in the community.
2. Explore the area
Walk around the neighbourhood to familiarise yourself with the area and meet new people. In this way, you can also find out where the nearest places are, such as convenience stores, corner shops, parks and bus stops.
3. Throw a housewarming party
Having a housewarming party is a way to celebrate your new house and get to know your neighbours. After weeks of packing, moving and unpacking, it will be nice to kick back and enjoy socialising with other people. More importantly, throwing a housewarming party can make your new house sooner feel like a home.
4. Attend events
Another excellent way to assimilate into the community is by attending events around the neighbourhood, such as fundraisers, block parties and volunteer programs. Attending local events and activities is not only a great avenue to meet fellow residents, but also a great way for you to discover new hobbies and interests to keep you engaged in your community.
5. Arrange playdates
If you have children, arranging playdates with the other neighbourhood kids is a great way to help them make new friends. As for you, you can socialise with the parents while the kids play and maybe get to know the area better by swapping stories.
6. Find places to love
Upon moving to a new place, most people miss the establishments that they loved in their old town or city. While there’s nothing wrong with missing your old neighbourhood and all its local haunts, it’s also important to find new places to love. Take a tour around the area and look for new stores, restaurants and entertainment spots that you might enjoy.
7. Take it slow
It’s normal to feel at least a little bit anxious or restless in a new place. Don’t rush your adjustment period. Everyone goes through the transition differently. Over time, your new neighbourhood will feel like home, and you will find yourself acclimated to your surroundings.
Adjusting to a new neighbourhood is easier said than done. For some people, the adjustment period can take weeks, if not months. Nevertheless, as you settle into your new community and make new friends, your new house will soon feel like a home.