Moving to a new area - how to feel at home right away

Posted: 23 August 2012 by Higgins Homes

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Getting acquainted in a new area brings anxiety whether you're flying solo or with your family in tow. There are several reasons that encourage a move to another area, wanting to downsize or upscale your current property, better career prospects or just a fresh start in new surroundings. It doesn't matter if the move is only a stone throw away from where you live or a completely new town or city, there are a few easy steps you can take to make the transition that much calmer and more enjoyable.

Get to know your area Adjusting to a new area and being further away from your support network, on top of having to unpack and get used to a new house can make you feel miserable and isolated. It's difficult having to manage all of the other issues that come with a new property but starting afresh should be liberating and exciting. Before you move to the new area take the time to visit and drive around to get rid of the 'lost' feeling. Locate your local supermarket, post office, parks, sports centres, schools, pubs and clubs so you have something to look forward to when you arrive. Spend time familiarising yourself with the area so you know exactly where to find what you need and get a feel for the place.

Get to know your community Making new friends never seems to get easier but when you think of it as "your" community it suddenly doesn't sound so daunting. If you're open and friendly people will warm to you, especially if you share children of the same age or have similar interests. Tell them in advance that you'll be moving to the area so they can give you a heads up on everything you want to know. Search online for free local events and festivals, sports events, social clubs and interests groups, anything as long as it gets you out and about. It's the best way to meet new people and to really feel like you're at home.

Get to know your neighbours It seems slightly cliché to knock on a neighbours' door with an apple pie in hand or your homemade lasagne but it's a quick way to break the ice and welcome yourself into the area. Your neighbours could potentially be your first set of friends and can tell you everything you need to know about the area. Where to go, what to do, where the doctor's surgery is, use your neighbours as a tour guide and make sure that they're top of the invite list for your housewarming party. If you're wanting to make the big step and move homes please visit the Higgins Homes website to view our exciting new developments or to contact us. Also be sure to check out the following web portals to research the area & amenities:

www.direct.gov.uk/en/HomeAndCommunity/BuyingAndSellingYourHome/BuyingYourHome/DG_10017926 www.upmystreet.com www.hoodpoints.com www.indschools.co.uk www.ofsted.gov.uk


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