09 Feb



Tips for Settling into a New Neighbourhood

Moving to a new city? It doesn’t have to be the end of your social life. Ottawa Valley Movers has some helpful suggestions to get you involved in your new neighbourhood, and to make friends in no time!

Introduce Yourself

If you believe it’s important to get to know the people in your new neighbourhood, it’s a good idea to let your shy side take a back seat. Put yourself out there! When you’re at the park with your kids, at the gym waiting for your Zumba class to start, or out walking the dog, take a look at who’s around. Start a conversation with fellow parents or dog-owners. You never know what could come from a friendly conversation. Besides, you’ve already got something in common.

Volunteer Locally

Often there are community activities and initiatives going on that you might not be aware of. Getting involved in them is a great way to make a difference, and meet new people in the process. If you have some extra time on your hands, consider volunteering at your child’s school, or apply to become a board member of a local organization.

Use Social Media

Believe it or not, social media isn’t merely a teenage obsession. You can use it as a tool to connect online with like-minded people in your community. You can find details to join a local book club or recreational sports team. Whatever your hobby is, there’s probably a club for it. If not, you could always start one!

Get the Kids Involved

It’s hard for kids to change schools, and it’s even harder for them to leave their old friends behind. To make the transition a little easier for them, encourage them to participate in extracurricular activities. Most schools offer clubs and teams, and they’re a great way for kids to make friends and gain confidence. You could also sign your children up for music, or dance lessons at a local studio.

Throw a Housewarming Party

When you’re acquainted with people from your community, you could organize a housewarming party or a barbecue. If you’re serving food, pot-luck style can be a great way to go! It’s inexpensive, and sharing recipes with your guests makes for good conversation. You could also invite the neighbour’s children so yours can get involved and bond with kids their age.