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Moving to a new home, in a new neighbourhood, can be exciting, but it can also be rather challenging. Amid unfamiliar surroundings, newcomers may find it difficult to get plugged in to the area. Fortunately, there are a few tried-and-true steps you can take to help yourself feel at home after a move. Try these tips.
Tap Your Hobbies
Look for local communities built around something you enjoy. Are you a runner? Seek out a running club. Do you love making things? There’s probably a local crafting group. From stamp collecting to scuba diving, your favorite hobby can help you connect with like-minded individuals and form connections in your new locale.
Need a resource for the Waterloo Region? Try heading to the official Region of Waterloo website, there are lots of great resources there.
Use An App
You can use social media and other apps to find out about the people and places near your new home. Look for restaurants you might want to try, parks you’d like to visit, and unique shops you might enjoy. Get recommendations from locals. Armed with online research, you may feel you already know your new home far before moving day arrives.
Find Current Connections.
Are you a member of any organizations? Use alumni associations, professional affiliations, or service groups to help you connect. As with hobby groups, other members of these societies are potential sources of information, referrals, and friendship.
One of the fastest ways to get plugged in to your new neighbourhood is to make a habit of saying yes. If you get invited to do something, don’t turn down the invitation. If you’ve never tried salsa dancing before, don’t say no because it’s outside your comfort zone. Be willing to try new things.
Look for unique opportunities and seize them. If you have older children, encourage them to do the same. It might surprise you at how many new enjoyable activities, people, and places you discover!
Ask Your Agent.
As experts in their local markets, we real estate agents are another great source of information. We know where the best restaurants are, or which you should probably avoid. We know which are the best parks for kids and which are better for adult outdoor recreation enthusiasts.
Basically, for the inside scoop on transportation, events, and lots of other helpful tips, make use of us as a valuable resource to help you get comfortable after moving in your new home, and new neighbourhood, a little faster.