13 Sep Moving towns
Moving to a completely new town can be nerve-wracking, especially if you don’t know anyone there but there are plenty of things you can do to make sure it becomes an exciting new stage in your life.
Before you move, find out more about the area. The internet is a great place to start, and you should certainly bookmark the local paper’s website and keep an eye on the news. Nothing beats a visit to explore though! Book into a B&B or hotel and make a short holiday of a recce. Explore the area thoroughly – not just the shops and touristy parts, but the residential areas too. Use the time to talk to local estate and lettings agents so you have a feel for house prices and rental properties.
Go to the library to look through the local papers and magazines, pick up a few leaflets about events and places to visit, and check through the posters and small ads people put on noticeboards.
Think very seriously about renting a property for a few months before taking the plunge and buying. It’ll give you a much better feel for the place and you’ll find out so much more about the area. Agents will be able to tell you about the best places to live (and more importantly, where not to live), where the good schools are, public transport system, things to do etc. It’ll help you avoid making an incredibly costly mistake of buying a house and realising you don’t like where you are.
And once you’ve moved, don’t sit at home every night wondering why you don’t know anyone! Why not sign up for evening classes, join a club or do some voluntary work? These are great ways to meet new people with similar interests. At the very least, you’ll benefit from a lot more advice, and at best, you’ll build up a network of new friends. Good luck!