Relocation and the Importance of Familiarity
Selling, packing, buying, moving- No one said real state was an easy endeavor. But once you’ve signed on the last dotted line and you’ve got your new house keys in hand, it’s time to turn your house into a home. The key to all of this is familiarity.
Just because you’re living in a new home doesn’t mean you have to reinvent your life story. The new surroundings will be quite an alteration, so if you’re the type that does not easily embrace change, feel free to transfer the sense of style from your previous home to your new house. For example, if you painted a mural on the wall of your child’s old room, paint a new mural to give it a touch of personality. You can also arrange a specific room, the kitchen for example, to have a feeling of familiarity and comfort.
Along with new surroundings comes meeting new people. Now, you don’t need to feel rushed to make best friends a.s.a.p., though I’m not discouraging being friendly and greeting your neighbors. Hopefully you’ll it off quickly, but the point to remember is that new friends and relationships take time to reach the trust and closeness of older friends. What you should be wary of is joining organizations you know little about. Do some research and find groups that interest you before hopping into a group that may have unseen downsides e.g. inconvenient location or meeting times. Try signing up for a class or other activity that has a way for you to formally end your participation if needed, but still gets you involved with others and the community.
Another important part of relocating is familiarizing yourself with the area outside of your home. A great way to do this is to take different routes to work, try new stores/restaurants, and do a little research before and after you move in. Knowing the local culture, whether it’s what you had envisioned or not, will make you feel much more relaxed due to your comprehension of it. As you move into your new home, be sure to take the time to enjoy and appreciate your new location and all of the possibilities that come with it.
By Andrew Hill @ www.newhomesource.com