We’ve pulled together some tips to help you familiarise yourself with a new area so you can start to feel at home as soon as possible.
1. Get to know the area
Visit your new area as well as your new home before moving in so you can find out where the best pubs, cafes, shops and restaurants are.
2. Think about your commute
Work out whether you’ll be walking, taking public transport or driving to work, then familiarise yourself with your new commute and perhaps the school-run, to make sure you hit the ground running once you move in.
3. Check out local clubs
If you’re looking at getting out and meeting people, it could be worth joining a local sports, wine appreciation or book club so you can meet like-minded people.
4. Meet other parents
If you’ve got kids, a local parenting group could be a great way to find out what’s going on for families as well as introducing your children to new friends.
See if there’s a local Facebook page set up to keep the community posted on what’s on in the area, find out about play groups and where the best nurseries are too.
5. Get to know your local shopkeepers
They can be a wealth of knowledge on what’s happening in your area, the best restaurants, pubs, cafes and even other shops. It’s also nice to have a friendly face to talk to when you get your groceries.
6. Head to the pub
When you do go to the local pub, bar or restaurant, sit at the bar so you get to know the bar staff and they in turn will introduce you to other people. Find out if any of the local pubs run a regular quiz night as these can be a great way to get to know the locals.
7. Knock on your neighbours’ doors
Introduce yourself as soon as you can when you move in. It’s something that many of us don’t do anymore, but a quick hello and introduction to the people in your street signals your arrival and can help you to make new friends in the process.