Moving to a new city can be a refreshing and exciting change. However, there’s often some trepidation about the adjustments. Leaving your friends, co-workers, and comfort zone can bring feelings of sadness or fear. Here are some ideas for how you can transition more easily into your new life.

Be patient

Finding new friends and friends for your children doesn’t happen overnight. Give yourself time to acclimate to your neighborhood, schools, workplace, and the greater community. This is all completely different from where you lived before and that’s okay. Take time to adjust and keep an open mind to things that feel foreign. Also, try not to compare your progress to others in your family.

Join common interest groups

You will never make friends by sitting at home staring at the wall. Join a non-profit organization, take a sewing class, join a Zumba group, or help at your child’s new school. These are all ways to get out and get to know people. Check out sites like Meetup to find groups with similar interests. Face-to-face interaction with people will help build bonds that could last a lifetime.

Get involved

A great way to meet people and learn about your new community is to volunteer. There are many opportunities that will provide an enriching and rewarding experience. Civic and nonprofit organizations are always looking for help. Not only is it a great way to meet people, but you’ll also feel more invested as a member of the community. Contact your local United Way or sites like VolunteerMatch for ideas.

Explore

What better way to experience all your new city has to offer than to pretend you’re a tourist. Look up your city or county’s visitors bureau to find your community’s hotspots and upcoming events. Check out the nightlife, visit the shopping centers, wander through nature, and try out new restaurants. Every neighborhood has its own unique characteristics. Discover what they are in your new town.

The real estate professionals at BHHS Fox & Roach want to find the perfect community for you and your family, not just the perfect house. Our local agents know the nuances of each neighborhood and can help you make the best choice, so you can adjust quickly and get comfortable in your new surroundings.