How To Get Acquainted With The New Area You Move To

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city-lifeLeaving your hometown to relocate to a new city or state can be a challenging transition, especially when you are leaving behind close friends and family.

Your surroundings may differ from what you are used to, making it difficult to relate to your new environment.

This can invoke feelings of loneliness and nervousness. It’s time to get out of your funk and become a part of your new community so that you can genuinely feel at home.

Learning the Area

Yes, it’s frustrating not knowing where different places are located.  During your first couple of months moving into your new town, you will be putting your navigational system to good use.

A quick Google search can give you the address to the local supermarkets, post office, popular parks and the nearest hospital.

CitySearch can help you locate different restaurants, shopping centers, movie theatres and a host of other places.  Use your weekends to visit new places as well. Take a leisure walk or drive around town and discover your new town.

Get to Know Your Neighbors

Developing friendly relationships with your neighbors is very important. It makes for a peaceful living environment where everyone looks out for each other. Unfortunately, the days where neighbors would take the initiative to come and greet the new family on the block with baked goods are gone.

It’s up to you to take the first step in getting to know you’re neighbors.  If you are a shy or private person, putting yourself out there can be a tough task.

If you aren’t bold enough to go knocking on your neighbors’ door and introduce your family, then you have to take advantage of the seemingly small opportunities.

For instance, when taking out the trash or coming home from work in the evenings if you see one of your neighbors lingering on the porch, use that opportunity to strike up a conversation or at least introduce yourself.

If you have children, you can even use them to meet other adults in the neighborhood. If you see that your kids are gravitating to the other children in the area, make it a point to introduce yourself to their new friend’s parents.

A play date can be arrange to get everyone acquainted with each other. Enrolling your children into the local sports teams, like little league, gives you a chance to meet their parents and perhaps make a few new friends.

It’s customary for many different towns and cities to have annual fairs, barbeques and block parties. Participating in these festivities is the perfect opportunity to get to meet people from the area.

Find out where the town’s hotspots are. This could be a local bar, bistro, or even a nearby park that people from town love to frequent.  Take time out of your schedule to visit these places so you can interact with people from your neighborhood.

Get Involved in the Community

It’s natural to want to be accepted by the community that you live in; however, it will also take a bit of effort on your part. You will have to work to gain the trust and respect of your neighbors.

In order to become a key member of the community, you’ll have to become involved in it.

Take part in the annual charitable food and clothing drives. Volunteer at local shelters. Make sure you attend your children’s PTA meetings so that you can have a full share in school events. You can even offer to help plan your neighborhood’s next barbeque.

Whether you have relocated because of your career or simply for a change of scenery, it can no doubt be both a frightening and exciting experience. Leave your fears behind. Now that the moving company has settled you into your new home, it’s time to start enjoying all that your new town has to offer.

Written by Shareen Henderson who is New York’s leading relocation and moving company for more than thirty years.

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