Eight ways to settle into your new neighbourhood sooner

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Congratulations – you’ve finally finished the move! But to truly feel settled in your new community takes time and effort.
Follow these eight tips to get settled sooner:

1. Introduce yourself

You have a small window to introduce yourself to nearby neighbours before it becomes awkward. Don’t leave it to chance – pick a date to visit neighbours, or do a letterbox drop with a nice note.

Simply saying hi when you see neighbours is the perfect way to break the ice. Remembering names is the fastest way to make a positive impression.

2. Finish nesting

Getting everything unpacked and set up will make you feel settled and more relaxed. You’ll also feel more comfortable inviting neighbours in for a cup of tea.

3. Get involved in the community

Getting involved in the community is a great way to meet new people. Volunteer at local groups, join a club, or offer to help out with your child’s school. Start a conversation with other parents at the school drop off, and jump at offers for playdates or parties.

4. Help kids settle

Kids will likely miss their old neighborhood and friends. Getting them involved in local groups and activities will help them settle in sooner – and it’s also a great way for you to meet parents at similar life stages.

5. Connect online

Joining local social media groups is another great way to connect and learn about upcoming events.

6. Get to know your area

Make time to explore your new suburb through the eyes of a tourist. Dine out once a week; go for a morning walk or jog; take kids to different parks, playgrounds and play centres in the area; go hunting for your new favourite cafe; visit local pubs or bars; and look for local activities to enjoy.

7. Get a dog

Dogs are the ultimate ice-breakers! It’s often easier to introduce your dog than yourself, so walking the dog is a great way to meet neighbours while exploring more of your neighbourhood.

8. Housewarming party!

Inviting neighbours to a housewarming party is a great way to break the ice and make connections, even if they can’t make it. Keep the party low-key so there’s minimal stress for you and your neighbours.

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