How to Settle Into Your New Neighborhood

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Moving to a new home usually means getting to know new neighbors, and while many of us would like to know the people next door, there isn't always time to meet—especially after a move. While meeting new neighbors may not be high on your priority list after a move, it'll help you feel more settled both into your new home and neighborhood. To help, use these time-saving guides to help you get to know your new community.

  • 01 of 07

    Get to Know Your Neighbors

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    When we move into a new neighborhood, building or city block, we always wonder who our new neighbors will be. Finding the time to introduce yourself is usually left to chance.

    After a move, there's just so much to do that we often leave getting to know the neighbors until last, and more often than not, it's something we never do. Knowing your neighbors, however, provides a safer community, one where people are looking out for each other. Besides, you might make some really strong, long-lasting friendships.

  • 02 of 07

    Host a Housewarming Party

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    After a move, planning a party is probably the last thing you want to do, but with a bit of time after you finish unpacking, a party is a perfect way for you and your family to meet neighbors and make new friends. The key is to keep it simple.

    Guests know that you've just moved and won't be expecting you to host an elaborate get-together. And even though you may have only just met, ask people to help out by bringing chairs or glasses or snacks.

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    Start up a Conversation

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    Just because you find an opportunity to meet your new neighbors after you move into the neighborhood, doesn't necessarily make it easier to do. Some of us are shy, while others of us are more concerned about privacy—both ours and our neighbors. Find out how to strike up a conversation and introduce yourself without seeming like a nosy neighbor.

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    Get Involved in Your New Community

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    Whether you're moving from a large city to a small town or from a small town to a large city, feeling like you're part of a community takes time and effort on your part. It also means finding those things that you connect with, whether it's volunteering, finding a new job, joining a club, or getting involved with your child's school. Check out these tips for getting involved in your neighborhood.​

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  • 05 of 07

    Be a Tourist in Your Own Backyard

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    You've just moved into a new home and spent the last couple of days unpacking. Take some time out from all the stress of moving and start checking out your new community. There are lots of ways to be a tourist in your new backyard while also picking up those supplies you may have forgotten to pack.

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    Make New Friends With a Click of a Mouse

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    Most of us are familiar with social media platforms that enable us to connect with people no matter where they live. But when you move to a new community, city or town, finding new friends locally is a little more challenging. Use these online tools to find ways to connect locally.

  • 07 of 07

    How to Help Your Kids Settle Into a New Neighborhood

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    If you have children, they'll be missing their old neighborhood and friends and will be having a hard time adjusting to your new home and settle into a new school. To help them feel more at home and settled, get them involved in the new community using these tips and suggestions. 

Settle Into Your New Space

Feeling at home in your new home and neighborhood takes time and effort on your part. While you have so many things to do when you first move in, it's important to take the time you need and to give your family the chance to feel at home. Unpacking is only part of the settling in tasks. Use this guide to help you unpack and feel more at home in your new home.