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When you move to a new city, you’ll find yourself wanting to become a local as soon as possible to make the most of your new home and settle in sooner. Without knowing where to start, becoming familiar with your new suburb can be difficult. We’ve done the research to put together our top tips to help you familiarise yourself with your new home sooner.

Research first

Start researching your new suburb before you move there to get a clear understanding of the area. Locate your nearest supermarket, doctor and pharmacist, as well as anything else you take advantage of in your current suburb. If you’re planning on joining the local gym, sign up online before you relocate so you can jump right in when you get there. Doing this will help moving seem less of a shock.

Reduce the stress of moving

Moving to a new suburb can be extremely stressful. Reduce the stress when you get there by getting online and signing up and organising what you can in advance. Register your car in its new address online, change your address with the enrolment list, connect your gas, electricity and water, and sign up for your new home internet plan. Setting yourself up before your move eliminates the amount of stress on day one, thus allowing you to enjoy your new home sooner.

Ask around

The best way to make the most of your new suburb is to ask for suggestions. Start by speaking to your friends and family about the area for their suggestions and recommendations, if any. For more information, look on social media and the internet. There might be online social groups you can join or forums you can read.

When you move into your new suburb, ask your neighbours and the locals for tips on what to do, where to go, which café has the best coffee, which playground is best for the kids, and so on. If anyone is going to know your new suburb best, it’s your new neighbours.

Meet your neighbours

That leads into our next top tip, meet your new neighbours. Introduce yourself and say hi. You’ll feel less like an insider once you know who your new neighbours are. Make an effort to talk to anyone you see on your street, not just those who live beside you. If you’re having a housewarming party, invite them over to meet your friends too.

Get involved with the community

Whether you head down to the local book fair or you attend the local church, getting involved with local community events and initiatives is a great way to understand the local area and meet new people. If you have children, sign them up to their favourite sport in the local community so they too can make new friends and settle in sooner. Join school activities, where you can, for the children’s benefit too, and so you can meet other parents who will be able to provide you with their own tips.

Be a tourist

The best way to become familiar with your new neighbourhood is to explore it. Do what a tourist would and wander around. Visit the recommended sites and your local council who can provide details on tourist spots throughout the neighbourhood. Visit the local information centre, if you have one, for more ideas.

Now that you’re ready to move in to your new suburb, call in the professional removalists at Grace. We provide quality service to move you from point A to point B so you can spend more time on getting to know your new home.