Every year, some 40 million Americans move to a new home. If you move your family, you want to ensure that everyone is adjusting well. This is especially important if you have little ones who must further navigate new people and places at school. If you have recently moved from out of town, follow these guidelines to help you and your loved ones get comfortable in your house, neighborhood, and broader community.
Create a cozy space at home
Your first focus should be the house itself. Tackle kids’ rooms first: Assemble the bed or crib, designate storage for clothing versus toys, and make sure essentials like diapers are readily accessible. You can take care of aesthetic touches like wall decals and other decor later. The key is to set kids up with a comfy space where they feel at home (and can safely stay out of your way while you unpack further without interruption). To keep kids busy during the move, set aside a box of entertainment with items like coloring books and crayons.
With children out of the way, turn to the kitchen and the bathroom first. Being able to enjoy a home-cooked meal and take a hot shower will already make your new space feel more homey. Once you have the basics out of the way, you can deal with the details of decorating. Take colors, for instance. Coordinating furniture and textiles gives a cohesive appearance.
Connect with others in the neighborhood
Once your property is set up, focus on connecting with the neighborhood. Realtor.com has tips for getting to know your new neighbors, such as taking the dog for a walk or hosting a casual get together. You can even leave a note in neighboring mailboxes, sharing basic details about your family. This is a great way to find connections for your kids; you never know if a family in the area has little ones in the same age range.
The key to connecting with your community will be getting out of the house. Visit local stores and introduce yourself to the people working there or take the time to sit at your local coffee shop. Check out bulletin boards with area news and events, such as area yard sales. If there is a visitors center or public library nearby, this is also a great place to look. Finally, you can identify local newspapers using the Hometown News database.
Identify your community resources
Finally, it’s essential to identify resources in your community that you will need. This includes practicalities, like the nearest hardware store for when you need a hammer and nails to hang pictures, as well as healthcare and similar resources. For instance, say your child has asthma and will need prescription refills for their inhaler. You want to identify a pediatrician and pharmacy as soon as possible.
Get your internet set up as soon as possible so you can start your research. For instance, if you’ve recently moved to Nevada, you should look to identify community resources. You can find a local pharmacy through the National Community Pharmacists Association zip code search. You can use online resources like HealthyChildren.org to find a pediatrician. Need a gym? Anytime Fitness has multiple locations throughout the state. If you have a pet, the Nevada State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners allows you to search for licensed vets online. Finally, if you’ve moved from out of state, you will want to update your car insurance (Nevada residents pay an average of $104 per month for auto insurance).
With these tips and tricks, you will be well on your way to settling into your new community. Keep in mind that it will take time to feel fully “at home,” and be patient, especially with kids who may miss their old school or friends. Encouraging everyone in the family to get active in the local community will help you adjust more quickly.
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