Creating Sanctuary: How to Make a Smooth Transition in a New Area Quickly After Moving
Moving to a new or unfamiliar area can be exciting, but it’s also trying. Not having your usual haunts, as well as not feeling completely comfortable in your new house, can make it hard to relax. However, there are tricks to making your new space feel more like home.
Adjusting to a New Community
The first thing you do after settling in is to go out and meet your neighbors. Be prepared with some questions, both about your neighbors and the local area. You can invite them over for dinner or for a housewarming party. Make sure not to let this be your only interaction with them, as being on good terms with the people you live nearest is always beneficial.
Don’t forget to research rules from the homeowners association or city that may affect you. Every area is different, and there is nothing like getting a citation to ruin how you feel about your new residence. You can even use this as a means of getting to know your neighbors. Ask them about what you need to know about the association or any quirks that exist in your new town.
Decorating Your New Space
There is nothing quite like coming home at the end of a long day and feeling at peace. When we move, it can take some time for the house to feel like home. Fortunately, there are ways to trick yourself into feeling at ease more quickly. One way is to take your favorite art pieces or family photos, especially things you had in your last residence and put them up immediately. You may change or shuffle them around as the days pass, but seeing these items can make you feel more at home. Do other things that remind you of home, such as cooking your favorite meal.
Decorating your new space can also make your new environment seem more like your own. Think practicality when going through your new property, and keep walkways clear of furniture. Make sure you have lots of storage room to keep your home feeling light, airy, and clutter-free.
If You Have Pets
Pets can have a difficult time adjusting to new surroundings, but there are ways you can help them relax. Spend as much time as possible with them during the move. Keep their schedule as much as you can, and take them for as many walks around your new space as is feasible. This will help them acclimate to their environment and tire them out so they don’t worry too much.
During the move, it may be wise to hire a qualified pet sitter to keep your companion safe from the chaos, but they can be useful afterwards, too. A walker or sitter can keep your pet occupied while you unpack, and get them exploring their new territory. They can also keep your pet company if you are stuck at work during the first few weeks.
Helping Children Adjust
If you have children, unpack and set up their rooms first. Make sure that their rooms are up and ready by the time they arrive to ease them into the new space. Before the move itself, explore the region with your kids, if possible. Enroll your children in some after-school programs, or in a community activity to help them focus on fun new things, rather than spending too much time missing what they left behind. Go with your child around the neighborhood and introduce yourselves to the families around you. There may be other children their age that they can play with. Most importantly, let your little ones know you’re there for them if they ever need to talk.
Other Important Changes
The following suggestions are not only essential following your move, but they should also be taken care of as soon as you’re settled in:
Find a new doctor that can tend to the needs of your whole family. Make sure the doctor is in the network of your health insurance provider.
Before you move in, do a thorough safety check of your home. In addition to locating and checking out the breaker box, Angie’s List recommends installing fresh batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.
Change your auto insurance if you’ve moved to another state. Make sure you’re aware of what’s included with your coverage.
Hire a babysitter, or find a reputable daycare facility in the area.
It only takes a bit of planning and exploration to really make your new house feel like home. Things may be trickier if you have children or pets, but there are ways to make them feel welcome in their new community. After all, this should be an exciting time, not a difficult one.
Article courtesy of Natalie Jones of homeownerbliss.info
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