Moving to a new neighbourhood can be a very exciting time for your whole family indeed. So how can you feel right at home in double quick time?
You might think that once you have moved all of your belongings into your new neighbourhood and home, that all the hard work is over – you can start to settle into your new house, right?
Well, you are almost there; there is just one last thing you need to do before you start to relax – make yourself at home in your brand new neighbourhood!
It can take a lot longer to feel settled into an area compared to a property, so it’s good to be proactive and start once you are moved in. Here are a few things you will need to do.
Sign Up To The Nearest Doctor And Dentist
You will need to change your doctor and dental clinic when you move into a new neighbourhood, so it’s a good idea to get your whole family signed up to new ones as soon as you have moved in.
Most dentists and doctors will need to see a bill that is no older than three months with your new address on so that you can prove that you do in fact live in their catchment area.
So, it’s best to get all registered sooner rather than later.
Enroll Your Kids Into School
You probably already have an idea of which school you would like to send your children to in the new neighbourhood, so make sure that they are enrolled in plenty of time to start the next term.
If you are going to be moving during term time, then you might need to enroll them before you move out of your old home.
Say Hello To The Neighbour
Don’t forget to pop around to see your neighbours once you have moved into the new house. You should knock on the door of your immediate next-door neighbours as soon as you are properly moved in so that you can introduce yourself.
Whenever you bump into anyone else who lives near you on your street, it’s worth saying hello to them as well.
You’ll find that this helps you feel a part of the local community and that you won’t be too shy if you ever need to ask one of your neighbours a quick favour.
Get Involved With The Local Community
You might also want to get involved with your local community. There are lots of different ways you can do this, such as by volunteering your time with a local charity or joining a club.
This will give you the chance to meet even more new faces and make friends in your new home.
Once you have moved into your home, it’s also worth taking a walk around the neighbourhood. This will help you figure out where important facilities are, such as shops and supermarkets.
It also gives you the chance to see if you could do the school run on foot, which could save you a lot of cash in petrol!
Enjoy your new home!