Are you planning on a big move in the near future? Have you already started the process of putting down roots in a new place? It can be difficult to juggle the many responsibilities while also not getting too stressed to even consider making new friends. We’ve pulled together a list of 10 tips for moving to a new town.

Take a Walk

This is not only healthy, it will also give you a very different perspective compared to driving or taking transit.

Shop Local

Whether it’s a farmer’s market or a local restaurant, this will give you an idea of what’s most important to your new neighbors.

Check Out Free Events

Concerts on the lawn. Park clean-ups. Tractor pulls. Whatever the locals enjoy, find out what it is!

Meetups

Websites like Meetup or places online like Facebook Groups for your city can be a good way to meet new people.

Get Your Library Card

If you haven’t already, make sure you sign up for a new library card!

Ask Social Media

See if any of your friends have also moved to the area in the past few years, or if they know anyone who has.

Address Changes

Mail forwarding only lasts so long, make sure you get it all updated on time.

Volunteer

Get into the local volunteering scene as a way to make friends and feel good about your move.

Get Involved Politically

Whether it’s the PTA, local town hall meetings or state-level politics, consider getting involved.

Be Patient

It takes time to form strong bonds with new people, and there’s no real substitute for that.