Many people, especially those with school-age children, try to plan their move day before that September rush. But once you’ve landed in your new home, what can you do to settle in quickly?
Even before you move, use the Internet to tour your new area. Google Maps has a street view of nearly everywhere now. You can see your new house and take a virtual walk down the street! Make a note of the location of coffee shops, community centres, your kid’s schools, playgrounds, the grocery store and all those daily essentials.
Connect with your children’s new school(s) as soon as possible. It’s summer holidays so you may not be able to get into the school, but at least visit the school grounds to help your kids get comfortable with the idea of a new school.
Plan a “tourist day” with your family. Contact the local tourist office or city hall and get a map of the area. Then, walk around and visit the local cafés, ice cream shops, library and community centre. Chat with the shop owners and introduce yourself as new to the area. People are generally very happy to share their knowledge about their hometown.
Community centres and your local library often have great summer programs for kids and families that will help you meet people. Make sure you sign up for your community newspaper as well. Make a promise to yourself to meet one new person a week. It will make a huge difference in making your new community home!
Spend time in your front yard. You’ll have more opportunity to meet your neighbours. Don’t be afraid to knock on your neighbours’ doors and introduce yourself as well. They’re sure to be just as curious about you!
Jennifer Birch – Realtor