After the Move: How To Quickly Acclimate To Your New Home

Acclimating to your new home is very different from settling in to your new home. Opening boxes and putting items where they belong is the easy part, truly feeling at home there may take a little longer. This is especially true if you are in a new neighborhood, community or state. In order to speed you along with the acclimation process, we have the best tips that are sure to help you feel at home in no time.

Prepping for Success

  • Be sure to have a first night box packed for when you arrive at your new home so you can quickly settle in successfully without searching for the must-haves. Be sure to include non-perishable breakfast supplies, and things to cook with – a toaster, kettle or frying pan. Include several bottles of water and your favorite pain relievers for headaches or muscle aches. Be sure you have clean towels, hand soap, shower supplies, and toilet paper. Your first night box should also include clean sheets for your bed, so when you need to sleep, you can. Use a clear plastic storage bin for these items to make it easy to find.
  • Pack a suitcase and travel bag to cover several days, so you can readily have the clothes you need at your fingertips without searching. This will help you to avoid frustration so your move in goes more smoothly.
  • Hire a petsitter and/or a babysitter to take care of the furry or small members of your household on moving day, and even for much of the first day or two at your new address. This will allow you to be much more productive in setting up house.
  • Ensure that all your home services, like Internet and cable have been transferred and will be ready for you at your new address.

First Day in Your New Home

  • Set aside a portion of your day in order to explore your new neighborhood. Get out of your new home and take a walk, regardless of the weather. Be sure to smile at everyone you pass and say hello. Just getting outside will recharge your batteries and bring a smile to your face.
  • Find a great local place for dinner. Websites like TripAdvisor.com and Zomato.com have real diner reviews so you can get honest feedback on the best local dining spots. Search for local foodie blogs too for more insider tips on where to eat.
  • Ensure you have completed your Change of Address. There is nothing like receiving mail at your new address to make it feel like home. Online change of address sites can take much of the work out of notifying all the places that need to know you have moved.

The First Week at Your New Address

  • Treat yourself to a little pampering. Get a haircut, manicure, or pedicure. Talk with those who work there, and ask for local recommendations.
  • Join a gym, sports team, or exercise class.
  • Find a group of like-minded individuals and join in. Being a newbie can be isolating. Finding and joining a club, organization, or other group that you identify with is an easy way to kickstart building a network in your new community. Not a fan of formal organizations? Check up meetup.com for less formal local groups of those with shared interests.

Put these tips to work for you to help you feel at home faster in your new home.

Guest Post by: Larry Nolen; a freelance blogger, digital analyst and aspiring marketing guru who loves technology, and the Kansas City Chiefs. He works as an Digital Analyst for InternetChoice.org. Feel free to follow him on Twitter @larrynolen74