Harrogate is a lovely city, and we know it better than most! As part of the Harrogate Pro Removals team, we’ve been helping customers move in and out of the area for decades. We know that many customers feel anxious about the prospect of settling into a new city, especially if they’ve never moved out of the area before. If that’s your situation, take advantage of our top tips to help you adapt to your environment. Don’t worry. you’ll soon feel like part of the scenery.
1. Research in advance.
Before you move, learn a little about the local area online. Look for events of interest or places that you’d love to visit and write a to-see list. You might want to read reviews of restaurants, for example. Planning a nice meal for your first week is a great way to celebrate your move.
2. Say yes to new opportunities.
Maybe you had a very fixed routine in your old neighbourhood and everyone knew what to expect of you. Why not surprise yourself by taking advantage of this fresh start to try new things? You never know what hobby you’ll discover and who you’ll meet in the process.
3. Look for ways to pursue your interests.
If you were in a football team before, find out which teams train in your new neighbourhood. Enrol in your local gym if you’re someone that loves to exercise. You won’t feel sad about missing old haunts if you have new ones already on your radar!
4. Join local Facebook groups.
Online groups can be an amazing source of information. You’ll find out about deals from local businesses and events planned in the area. You may even make some social connections before you arrive. Why not post a friendly introduction message and see what responses you get?
5. Sign up for important services.
Make sure you’re all set up in your new place by finding a doctor and a dentist and signing yourself up. Add your new address to the voters’ register and inform the bank of your change of address.
6. Get involved in community causes.
There may be a neighbourhood group or a community council that you can join. A great way to show your interest in your new area is to volunteer to improve it. Not only will you meet new people and do something worthwhile, but you’re also much more likely to feel connected to your new city.
7. Spend time exploring.
Don’t feel that you need a specific event or destination to leave the house. Give yourself an afternoon to simply walk around and explore. Take time to have a coffee and watch the world go by. Window shop and relax in the park. Soon, these places will feel like home.
8. Be open to communication.
It’s tempting to walk around with headphones in and our phone in our faces, but that’s no way to meet people! Instead, leave the phone in your bag or pocket and try greeting those you pass. These faces will become familiar in time, as will your new city!