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How to Get Settled Comfortably in Your New Town

So you’ve bought the perfect Ocala home through Buckner Homes Realty. While your agent has walked you through the home buying process, they’ll likely have some suggestions on getting settled and getting to know your new city. 

Moving to a new town can be a wonderful change, but it can also be stressful. If you don’t know anyone or if you’re on your own for the first time, a new city can be a strange and unforgiving place. That’s why it’s so important to have a plan for settling in right away. Finding your comfort zones and making sure you have access to all the things that will make your life easier is crucial. Here are a few tips on how to settle into your new city comfortably.

Set Up Your Nest

One of the biggest things you can do to feel at home is to nest a little. Unpack wisely — doing children’s rooms first before moving on to anything else — and set up rooms as you go. Create lists and stay organized so you’ll know where everything is. Once you have your favorite furniture set up and your personal photos hanging on the wall, you’ll feel much more at home, and the place won’t be so unfamiliar anymore. If possible, ask a friend or family member to come over and help you out. Not only will this allow you to get things done quickly, but it will also give you some familiar company as you get settled.

As you settle in, you’re likely to encounter details you missed in your final walk-through. In most instances, quick DIY fixes can help you feel more comfortable. If you’ve come across dusty or old curtains, you can easily swap these out for new sets of blinds. If the bathroom is missing towel racks or shelving, a run to Target or Home Depot can make this a simple fix. You should probably also swap out HVAC filters and check smoke detectors to determine if replacements are needed. If the tap water has a sulphur smell to it, all you need is a water filtration system to clean out taste and any contaminants. Berkey countertop purification systems, for example, can be a great option, as their filters are known for removing contaminants and odors, as well as having a 3,000-gallon lifetime

Make It Safe

One of the most important factors to check out when moving into a new home is safety. It’s an unfamiliar place in a new city, which means you’ll sleep better with peace of mind. Have the locks changed if they haven’t been replaced already, consider installing an alarm system, take DIY precautions such as installing motion sensor lights around the property, and get to know your neighbors so that if you need help, you’ll have someone nearby. It also pays to have the phone numbers of local services handy, such as locksmiths, the police department, and the fire department, especially if you have young children. 


A new, unfamiliar city can be daunting, especially if you have social anxiety or don’t know anyone nearby. That’s why it’s helpful to network a bit before the move. Talk to your friends and family to see if they know anyone in the area who could take you under their wing, or sign up for a local club or class that you can attend after you’re moved in. This is a great way to find like-minded people in the first few weeks. Additionally, you can drive around and explore your new neighborhood to get an idea of where everything is.

Here are a few resources that will help you get settled in even faster:

·      Use online resources to help find a new dentist.

·      If you’re a gym fanatic, check out the fitness centers in your area.

·      If you have children and need to find a sitter, put together a list of questions to ask any potential candidates.

·      Finally, if you have any pets,  find a new vet to take care of your furry friend.

Moving to a new area can be a major life change, so take care of yourself during this time and plan well ahead of time so you won’t have to make any last-minute decisions. With some preparation, you can make this move as easy as possible.  We at Buckner Homes Realty have a client care program to introduce you to reliable vendors, any thing you need.