Moving Interstate? This is How to Get Settled in a New Suburb
Are you dreaming of your new life in a leafy green suburb? Maybe you’re moving to the ocean or taking on the big smoke.
Moving to a new suburb and state is like turning the page to a new chapter in your life. This may be your dream home, or it may be the next stepping-stone in your journey. Regardless, you’ve probably worked hard to make this move a success.
Even if you have everything checked and ticked off your list, the interstate removalists booked, and insurance paid for, there is still the all-important element of ‘settling’ to consider.
Whether you’re planning your move, or you have already moved in and are still waiting for it to feel like home, you’re going to need to know how to get settled into your new suburb.
To truly settle, you’re going to need to take it all in and acclimatise yourself into your new surroundings. But how can you do this when there is so much going on? One of the reasons that settling into our new homes can take so long is because of the overwhelming, and seemingly never ending lists of tasks which need to be completed.
Before getting lost in a pile of to-do lists, find out how you and your family can begin to feel more at ease in your new home with this tried and tested, sound advice.
5 Easy Tips On How To Get Settled When Moving Interstate
With the final boxes lugged into your new home and the removalists out the door, it’s time to start putting your life into order.
Here is our advice on how to get settled into your new home:
1. Don’t Delay Unpacking
Moving is admittedly exhausting, both mentally and physically. When you reach the point when everything is finally moved into your new home, the last thing you’re going to want to do is stay up all night sorting through each and every box.
We get it.
With most moves occurring over the weekend, day-to-day life creeps up and this often means a ‘pause’ on the jobs around the home. As a result, boxes are pushed up against a wall, stashed in the garage, or tucked in the far corner of a living room. While it can be tempting, this is only a temporary fix, and living out of boxes is an irritation which can make it feel like you’re still in transition.
If you’re keen to feel that sense of completion, the surest way to achieve this is through unpacking.
It does not need to be on the first day of the move, but once you’ve recuperated, take the time to regroup and start making use of your new wardrobes and cupboards. Reducing clutter and organising will enable you to take the necessary steps towards transforming a new house into a home.
To truly get settled into your place, you need to fully immerse yourself in the entire relocation experience. A new home means a fresh start, so dive straight in!
Get settled into your new place by making it your own. By doing this, you will truly feel comfortable and ‘at home’.
This is not to say that you need to undertake a full-fledged renovation, but a few simple tweaks and personal touches go a long way. If you want to make some more noticeable home improvements, a fresh coat of paint, new light fixtures, or other home fittings will work wonders.
3. Introduce Yourself to the Neighbours
Although this advice may seem rather traditional, it’s the most sound advice we can give you for settling into your new home and neighbourhood.
Don’t wait for them to approach you, make it a point to introduce yourself first. From this initial conversation, you could gain important insight into your new area. You may receive recommendations on local restaurants and cafes, walk paths, or dog parks to take your pet to play. This first meeting will also help make sudden run-ins less awkward and it will also make you feel closer to the community. Although building bonds takes effort, you’re bound to reap the rewards before long.
4. Explore the Neighbourhood
When you drive around an area and view it from the walls of a vehicle, you see the surrounds, but you don’t get a holistic view. Rather than scrolling online for places to visit and dine, put on your walking shoes and discover your new area by foot. Identify where the bus stops are, nearest hospitals, schools, and a walking route to the supermarket and restaurants. One of the best parts of moving is having a whole new world open up to you. Take advantage of this exciting chapter and put yourself out there.
5. Host a Gathering (or a BBQ!)
Once you’re feeling settled in your new home, then it’s time to celebrate this new chapter. Be host to a casual BBQ or a quaint dinner party. Extend an invite to your friends and family and if you’re up to it, invite some new acquaintances or neighbours. Reward yourself for all that hard work you have put into moving and settling into your new community.
Don’t put too much pressure on yourself. Unpacking and settling takes time but the more effort you put into it, the more successful the transition. Most importantly, don’t forget to have fun and enjoy the experience.
Moving Interstate? Make It Easy With a Professional Interstate Removalist
When it comes to moving, the list of ‘things to do’ quickly becomes mountainous and as a result, stress levels can often soar.
Relieve some of that responsibility by hiring a professional and experienced, full-service removalist company.
Want to learn more about making a smooth and easy transition to your new home? Contact us today.