Moving house is one of the most stressful experiences that you can go through. But what a lot of people forget is that the stress isn’t always over when you’re safely in your new place. Here are some top tips on what to do when you’re safely in your new house and trying to make a new life…
Start Renovating Your Home
Very few people are lucky enough to move into a new house that’s absolutely perfect for them and that requires no changes at all. Make sure that you keep an open mind about what you’re going to do in your house – unpack and give it a few weeks so that you can figure out what exactly you need to prioritise in terms of changing it. For instance, if you’d ideally like a new kitchen as your one is small and dark, but your bathroom is in need of repair because the shower doesn’t work right, then obviously you need to focus on the bathroom first. Make sure that you budget carefully for the changes you want to make.
Check Out Local Services
You should already have checked out the important things like your kids’ new schools, so now it’s time to find out what else is in your new area. Try out the different grocery stores in your vicinity and find out which is best for your needs, and look at recreational activities that your kids might enjoy. Talk to people to find a local plumber who’s reliable and good, in case of any emergency plumbing needs. You could also start researching daycare for any younger kids you might have, along with churches if you’re religious and any gyms or fitness classes for yourself.
Make New Friends
It’s important that you reach out socially so you don’t end up feeling isolated. Introduce yourself to your new neighbours – you could even have a small housewarming party so you get to know them even better. Get friendly with your colleagues and start going to a class like yoga or Zumba so you have more of a chance to get to know new people.
Stay In Touch With Family
If you’re in a whole new area and you’ve moved away from your friends and family, it’s a good idea to try to stay in touch with them even in those first hectic weeks. It’s especially easy to lose contact with friends and if you don’t get in touch them as much as usual they may assume that you want to move on and leave your old life behind. Keep them up to date on what you’re doing, and make sure you call them for a catch up every now and then – you could even arrange a date for them to visit you. As for your family, chances are they’ll be missing you a lot. Send them update and recent pictures of your kids so they stay involved in your life. You may drift from some people – remember that’s okay. Not all friendships are for life, but that doesn’t make them any less valuable.