Five ways to find your feet in a new neighbourhoodPosted on 2nd September 2019 in News
The offer was accepted, the admin ploughed through and moving day came quicker than you had time to memorise your new postcode. All of a sudden you’re in your new home! Exciting times.
Except when the shine has worn off, it can all suddenly feel a bit strange, can’t it. You feel confused – what day do the bin men come? You need advice on everything – the best pub, best dentist, best hairdresser? And you feel a bit stuck without your ‘go-to’ take-away. Friday nights won’t be the same.
Of course, it won’t feel like this forever, and there are some simple things you can do to settle into your new neighbourhood:
- Introduce yourself
It sounds obvious we know. But don’t be the new guys who turn up and don’t at least say hello. First impressions count! And aren’t you feeling intrigued about your new neighbours, even just a little bit?
- Invite your neighbours round for a cuppa or something stronger
You get back from a local community what you put in, so invite neighbours over for a drink. Summer or Christmas drinks is a nice, no pressure and low key way to start getting you know people in your new neighbourhood.
- Visit the local pub
It’s amazing what you pick up from visiting the nearby pub. Knowing the local pub landlord or landlady is always a good thing! And pubs are closing at a rate of 18 a week as more people stay in. So do your bit for this great institution too.
- Get a list of all the local community events and be part of them
Where ever you live, there’ll be sure to be plenty going on to suit all tastes – especially during the summer months and in the run up to Christmas. You can get to know others in the wider neighbourhood this way. School fetes. Pub quizzes. Christmas fairs. The list goes on.
- Online hubs
There are so many online forums where you can connect with like-minded locals. Community or area Facebook groups. Neighbourhood websites. Nextdoor.co.uk is free to join and is a fantastic site which allows people in your community to post about local events, crimes to be alert to, second-hand items to buy and sell. They say they are all about online chats which lead to more clothesline chats, and we like the sound of that…
Follow these and you’ll have neighbourly besties in no time at all.
Do you need any more advice about moving? We’d be happy to talk things through because we know moving can be stressful. Contact us here