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Moving to a new area

Wed 30 Mar 2022



Moving to a new area?

Are you planning to move to a new area, perhaps for a new job or a fresh start?

Moving house is stressful at the best of times, but if you’re unfamiliar with your new area, it can feel even harder. If you have children, they’ll also be feeling understandably apprehensive about the move. So what can you do to ease everyone’s worries and make the move a positive experience for you and your family?

Our top tips will help you find your feet in no time.

Plan visits beforehand

If you have enough time in the lead up to your house move, try to schedule plenty of visits to your new area. Spend some quality time as a family in local parks, restaurants and attractions – try striking up conversations with the locals.

If you have a dog, take it on a walk in the local park – dogs are real conversation starters, so you’ll probably end up chatting to fellow dog owners as well as familiarising your pet with its new home.

Drive around and try to get your bearings in your new area. Knowing how to get from A to B will help you settle in more quickly after you’ve moved.

Take the kids on a tour of places that will be important to them, such as school and nursery. It’ll take time, but by visiting often, you’ll get a head start and it’ll be less of a shock for you all when you do make the move.

Do your research

Be prepared for your move by finding out as much as possible about your new area in advance. You’ll find plenty of information on the Internet about local shops and amenities, but for a real insight, take to social media and join a few groups dedicated to your new area.

If you have small children, there will almost certainly be a local parents group on Facebook, which will be a mine of useful information. You might even find that you end up organising play dates and making a few new friends for you and your little ones!

Join in

Making friends as an adult can be tricky. You’re most likely to socialise with colleagues, neighbours and other parents from your child’s school. But if those options aren’t available to you, or you want to explore other avenues, try joining a group or two.

If you take part in a hobby, find out what options there are for it in your new area. If you enjoy keeping fit and active, see if you can find a local running group, or perhaps join a sports team or a gym.

Alternatively, how about a book group, knit and natter or language class? Joining in is a sure-fire way of making friends in your new area.

The same applies to your children. Enrol them in a couple of pre-school or after school classes, depending on their age and interests. There’s so much variety for kids these days that you’re sure to find something that appeals to them.

You could also ask your children’s school whether there is a WhatsApp group or mailing list you can piggyback on. Use it to send a message to the parents of your children’s new classmates, to organise play dates in advance of them starting school. If they can start their new school with a ready-made friendship group, those first-day nerves will likely be banished altogether.

Talk to people

Ask your new neighbours about the best things to do in the area. Personal recommendations for things like local dentists, GP surgeries and takeaways can be invaluable, and will go a long way to helping you get settled in quickly.

Introduce yourselves

Once you’ve moved in, take the time to introduce yourselves to your new neighbours. The personal touch is always appreciated.

Once you’ve settled in, you might even want to think about inviting a few of the neighbours round for drinks and nibbles. It’s a great way to get to know people and you might even recruit a few helpers for any decorating that’s needed!

Follow our hints and tips and you’ll soon start to feel completely at home in your new area. And if you’re thinking of making a move in 2022, come and talk to Bothams.