Being a stranger in a strange land can be quite unnerving. Not only is there the stress that comes with moving, there’s also the uncertainty that comes with adapting to new social territory. We’ve asked many of our customers how long it took them to get used to their new hometown and the general consensus is between 6 months to 1 year. If you’re moving to a new town or city, take a look at some of these tips.
We’ve unpacked some advice from other movers to help make the transition easier.
1) Unpack and settle in
Take a deep breath, order your favorite type of takeout, and start to unpack. Having familiar surroundings is essential, that’s why it’s important to create a comfortable space for yourself. Constantly taking in new things can be draining, but having a safe, comfortable, and familiar place to return can provide much needed relief and security during a time of transition.
2) Get lost (and bring a charged phone)
Once you’ve gotten comfortable and put together your new nest, go for a drive to familiarize yourself with the surrounding area. See where the local grocery store and gas station is and find the local main drag if there is one. Shopping at small businesses and spending time at your neighborhood coffee shop can be a great way to meet others in the neighborhood.
3) Reach out to a friend
Chances are, you already know someone who lives in your new hometown, which will only make your transition easier. They can show you around, pointing out new places and even introduce you to other potential friends.
4) Use local online tools and try something new
Once you familiarize yourself with the area, look into that spin class you’ve always wanted to sign up for or join a local community organization. Using online local tools such as Nextdoor or Meetup can be extremely helpful in finding the right fit.
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The driver was the head of the crew, and he was on top of everything. He made the experience working with Hollander Moving a pleasure. We have used others before but it was our first time using Hollander. Everything turned out great.
Every employee I worked with was courteous, professional, and exceedingly competent. I was nervous about the packing and long distance move (from Illinois to New Mexico, October 2009) and Hollander helped make the move as smooth as possible. Not a thing was damaged or broken
I would recommend Hollander to any company thinking about switching vendors, and any family making a move. A Hollander rep even stopped by my new place when they were unloading just to check on things.
Wonderful service – first class!
Everything Hollander has done was over the top. It was courteous people, polite, caring. Their friendliness was over the top. There was one member of the crew who’d been a friend for 30 years, and the rest was family. I couldn’t say enough about them.
I recently moved from Chicago to Tampa and expected a few road bumps along the way but was pleasantly surprised when everything from loading to delivery was flawless. Everyone I came in contact with was very professional and knowledgable. I highly recommend Hollander Moving and Storage as they are a class act.
This move envolved packing and delivery to four different destinations. Attention to detail and coordination were vital and effectively executed by Tony R driver and his crew. Ardene did a great job coordinating everything. The entire group were both extremely pleasant and efficient.