For most people who are moving into a new home, arranging all the packing and moving can seem so intense, that afterward they just want to sit down and rest. While you might be able to do that for a little while, you will soon need to start the lengthy process of unpacking and getting everything in place. While you are doing this, you will also have a new neighborhood outside that is just waiting to be explored. So, what should you do when you move to a new town?
Do the Boring Stuff First
Before you start to roam around your new town, you need to do all the paperwork first. Changing your address with the Post Office, visiting the DMV if you moved out of state, and checking out the local services at the town hall. Although these will seem tedious, they are essential and need to be done as soon as you move in. You should also arrange your change of address with your energy providers and other companies that send you mail.
Take Time to Visit Your Neighbors
Although you are going to be busy for the first week or so, it is important to get to know your neighbors early on. If you put it off for too long, then it becomes more difficult and awkward. You don’t have to make a big show of it, just a quick hello and shaking hands is all it needs, you can leave longer conversations for another time. You might even find that your neighbors will come to you to welcome you to the area. It is a good idea to have some coffee on the go just in case.
Find Out about the Local Community
Your new neighbors may be a good source of information about any community activities that happen. Maybe there is a regular meeting to discuss events that you can go along to and introduce yourself. As mentioned on the site preparednessmama.com, becoming involved in the local community can have many benefits. Plus, it means that both you and your neighbors can keep an eye on each other’s houses while you’re away.
Explore the Area
When you get some free time, think about taking a walk or a cycle around the area to see what’s there. It is better to go on foot or by bike rather than by car as there are things you might miss or want to stop to investigate. It is a good time to check out the local grocery store and restaurants to see where they are and give them a try. If you have children, it is also a good time to look at the local schools and see how far away they are from your home.
With these ideas, you will soon know a lot about your new community and the people that live there. It will help you to feel part of the town and maybe even lead to you making some new friends.