4 Ways to Get Settled into Your New Neighborhood
Did you just move into your new home? Congratulations! Now that you’ve found your home, it’s time to get settled into your new neighborhood. Since your neighborhood is just as much a part of your home as your own four walls, it’s equally important to make this a priority in order to get more acquainted and comfortable in your new abode. Here are four ways that will help you settle into your new neighborhood.
Make a good first impression.
Getting settled into your new neighborhood starts with taking the effort to make a good first impression by introducing yourself to your neighbors. Since you’ve been in a daze of moving boxes and unpacking, your neighbors might think they are disturbing you by approaching you. While you don’t have to necessarily bake cookies for them (Though, that’s a plus!), a simple wave or ‘Hello!’ while at the mailbox works just fine.
Don’t close yourself off.
It can be nerve-wracking to put yourself out there in a new neighborhood, but the quicker you do so, the faster you will be on your way to adapting to the area. Instead of staying cooped up in your home, sit on your front porch or deck to face your neighbors and make conversation. Take some time to strike up a conversation if your neighbors are outside instead of dashing to and from your car.
Join in on the local hot spots.
Is there a popular coffee shop, restaurant or farmers market that your neighbors routinely visit? Find out what the local spots are and start spending time in those places to meet more of your neighbors. If you have kids or pets, take them to the local park, start conversing, and soon enough, you’ll meet new friends with common interests.
Volunteer your time.
Whether it’s helping out on the school committee, hosting playdates for your kids’ new friends or joining your fellow neighbors that are a part of community organizations, these are great places to volunteer your time and get invested in your new neighborhood.