Whether you are moving for work, to be closer to family, or for other reasons, it’s never an easy task to uproot your family, leave a familiar place, and settle into a new town. However, by thrusting yourself into your new community, you can make new friends and explore exciting new opportunities. Here are some tips to help you get comfortable in your new surroundings.

Make Connections Right Away

Even if you are an introvert, it’s important to put yourself out there andexplore opportunities in your new neighborhood when you arrive in a new place. Try tomake connections with as many people as possible by attending events and joining groups. Your goal should be to make one true friend; having a friend by your side can help you learn the ins and outs of the town and get comfortable in your new surroundings. The local library, the town’s visitor’s center, or the Chamber of Commerce can help you find out about upcoming activities and events that may be of interest. Trulia suggests also looking on Facebook for local groups. Online groups are a terrific way to connect with neighbors, learn about retailers, and discover community events.

Help Your Kids Meet Friends

Moving to a new area is tough on kids as they leave their friends behind. Though they will make friends at school, you should also seek out clubs, sports leagues, and other activities where they can meet peers with the same interests. Care.com recommends hosting a “Welcome Home” party when you get unpacked and settled in. Invite a few local families so your kids can get to know some new friends in your own home.

Blend the Old and the New at Home

To make your house feel like home, you’ll want toget unpacked and start placing all your favorite things around the house, from your family photos to your kitschy collections to your kids’ artwork. Because you are making a fresh start in a new place, you should also incorporate new items into your décor. Head to a local shop and look for knickknacks, accent furniture, and other pieces that will blend with your design style but are unlike anything else you own. It can feel refreshing and give you a sense of a new beginning to add something new to your home.

Handle the ‘Adult’ Stuff

Before you move in,Commerce Bank suggests doing setting up utilities, changing batteries on the smoke alarms, and updating your address with the post office. However, your adult responsibilities don’t end there. You also need to find new local resources for a multitude of things. Before you move or right after you arrive:

1)      Reach out an insurance agent and switch your car insurance to make sure you adhere to Los Angeles laws. Change your renters, homeowners, or health insurance, too.

2)      Search your health insurance company’s database to locate doctors, dentists, and other medical providers in your area. Then, research onHealthgrades for ratings and reviews.

3)      Contact theChild Care Resource Center to find daycare providers and preschools in your neighborhood if you have young children.

4)      Check reviews online for plumbers, electricians, and other contractors.

5)      Visit Yelp to find the best gyms in your area.

Moving can be draining, both physically and emotionally, for parents and kids alike. However, with a solid game plan and a positive outlook, it won’t take long before you make new friends and start feeling like you are part of your new community.

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