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Tips for Moving: How to Get to Know Your New Locals

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Moving to a new home in a different area is an exhilarating journey that’s bound to bring with it a plethora of emotions - excitement, anticipation, and, of course, a little bit of nervousness.

Whether you're relocating for work, moving homes for family reasons, or simply for a change of scenery, the experience of settling into a new home and exploring a fresh locale is a thrilling adventure waiting to unfold. Without a doubt, one of the most fun parts of this adventure is getting to know your new locals, the people who make up the heart and soul of the community!

Are you ready to learn the best ways to engage with and get to know the wonderful people who call your new neighbourhood home? Keep reading!

The excitement of a new home…

There's nothing like a new home. It's a blank canvas, a space where you can create new memories, and a place where you can truly be yourself, crazy colourful underwear, unwashed hair, and all! This is the perfect time to be unique with your decor and furniture arrangements, and let your personality shine through to make your new home truly your own sanctuary.

Exploring a new area…

Just beyond the freshly painted walls of your new home - they are freshly painted, right? - lies a whole world just waiting to be explored. From the charming streets to the local parks, cafes, and shops, your new neighbourhood is sure to have lots to discover. Leave the utility connections to us and take some time to go on walks or bike rides to familiarise yourself with the surroundings, and be open to discovering hidden gems that may not be on the tourist map but are loved by the locals.

The art of getting to know your new locals…

The people who call your new neighbourhood home are the ones who’ll enrich your experience and make you feel like you truly belong. Here are some tips to help you connect with your new locals:

  • Attend community events: Keep an eye out for local gatherings, festivals, or community events. These events are a fantastic way to meet people in a relaxed and social atmosphere. Try looking at your local state tourism websites to find these events, such as What’s On Melbourne, or even researching Facebook Events by your suburb!

  • Make the effort to wine and dine locally: Everyone loves coffee and good food, so frequent the nearby cafes, restaurants, and bars, and strike up conversations with the staff and regulars. These places often serve as hubs for community interaction, you might even start to see familiar faces if you frequent these local hotspots

  • Join clubs or groups: Thankfully, you take your hobbies with you when you move, which means you can look into joining local clubs or activity groups. Whether it's a sports team, book club or art class, these gatherings offer a great chance to meet like-minded people. Community gardens are a recent trend that have seen Aussies coming together to chat and learn together, they also provide spaces where people with little of their own garden space can grow fruit and vegetables.

  • Volunteer: Volunteering is a wonderful way to contribute positively to your new neighbourhood and to also build friendships with other volunteers!

  • Participate in local classes or workshops: Sign up for classes or workshops like cooking, dancing, or anything else that catches your fancy. Moving is a great time to start something new and meet new people.

  • Be approachable: When going for a walk and passing by, it’s common practice all over Australia to smile with a gentle nod  as you pass someone. Most communities are open to neighbourly conversations and a drop in when you first move to introduce yourself. If you’re on the shy side, a little wave can go a long way in establishing a friendly atmosphere.

  • Use social media and apps: There are plenty of online neighbourhood forums or social media groups dedicated to local events and discussions, such as neighbourhood watch groups, lost and found pages and pages for local businesses in most areas. You can easily opt in to join these groups and pages, with most group admins usually asking a few basic questions on your purpose for joining, whether you are part of the local community, as well as asking you to adhere to some standard online etiquette rules. Joining these platforms can be an excellent way to stay updated and get involved. 

The process of settling in and getting to know your new neighbours is an amazing way to build meaningful connections and create a sense of belonging for you and your family - trust us, we know all about building meaningful connections!

Remember that building relationships takes time, so be patient and enjoy the journey. Embrace the adventure with an open heart, and before you know it, your new neighbourhood will feel like home, filled with friends and cherished memories.



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