How to Settle Into Your New Home and Connect with Neighbors

One of the most exciting parts of moving into a new home is decorating and making each room comfortable and appealing. The colors, furniture, and décor are all up to you, so you’re truly creating your own space when decorating a new home.

If you’ve moved from one town to another, it’ll take more than some Pinterest-worthy interior design to truly start feeling at home in the new area. Before you and your partner start swapping paint swatches, use these tips to settle into your new surroundings.

Unload Boxes and Start Loading a Grocery Cart

As soon as you unload the last box, make sure the fridge is working and head to the nearest grocery store for ingredients to make your first dinner and to prepare a treat for the neighbors.
Even if your table and chairs are covered with boxes, make a point of enjoying a simple meal at home as soon as possible. “There’s nothing that’ll get you feeling like yourself in your new kitchen quite like cooking,” according to Cambria Bold for the Kitchen. You can easily whip up some steamable veggies and a box of macaroni and cheese without completely unpacking.

While waiting for the water to boil, take an opportunity to get your bed set up and your basics unpacked and ready to rock. Your clothes and toiletries are easy to move when you begin organizing later, but you’ll be happy that they’re accessible at the end and beginning of each day while you’re still unpacking a week later.

Eating at home makes you comfortable with the layout of the kitchen and appliances. You’ll also get a better idea of what your counter space should be used for when you start pulling the toaster, blender and other small appliances from their boxes. These could be useful for preparing the treats you can hand out to neighbors.

Go for the Gut When You Introduce Yourself
A quick way to introduce yourself to the neighborhood and start getting comfortable is by leaving a letter or postcard in mailboxes. Let them know who you are and give them a little bit of information about you and your family, including your pets.

In an article for, Lorrie Cozzens suggests baking something to share or buying “little gifts to drop off as you introduce yourself.” Doing something like this cuts back on the time you would normally give to small talk, but it still leaves neighbors with a good impression — or taste — of what you offer the community.

Then, when you start to venture outside for small breaks from unpacking and staging furniture, your neighbors will feel much more confident approaching you. If they remember your dog’s
name because of your small note, even better.

Every Fur Body Needs Time to Adjust

Your dog needs to adjust just as much as you do to a new home. Moving can overwhelm your dog, and a stranger who knows their name might put them at ease. New smells, sounds, and people might cause your dog to act strangely until they settle in as well.

When you can, walk your dog on a leash around the new neighborhood and spend time together in your yard. Besides, spending time on your front porch lets you plug into the neighborhood, possibly making acquaintances and friends with passersby. Expand your connections by making playdates with other people’s pets.

Get Involved
Find your place in the community by learning about it, and you’ll be surprised how quickly the new town feels like home. From attending meetings to finding your new favorite restaurant, you have to expose yourself to new experiences before you start feeling like a local.

If your new neighborhood is part of a Homeowner’s Association, go to the next meeting. Your neighbors are a helpful source of information about the area. You could meet someone there that shares an interest with you, and you could either join or start a group together.

Other Things to Consider
When you move into a new neighborhood, there’s a lot of stuff to consider. So, don’t let any of the “smaller stuff” fall through the cracks as you get settled.

– Familiarize yourself with the local auto insurance laws and statistics. For example, in Oklahoma, the cheapest insurance company is State Farm Mutual Auto. However, you still need to shop around for rates before selecting a policy.
– When you move to a new town, chances are you’ll need a new dentist. Mouth Healthy has some tips to keep in mind when you start looking for a replacement.
– Similarly, you might need to find a new doctor, especially if you’ve moved far away from your old primary care physician. Fortunately, many websites provide information about the doctors in your area so you can see who you can depend on.
– If you have younger children and work full time, you might need to find reliable daycare. Do plenty of research to ensure you find one you feel comfortable with.

Once you’ve finished unpacking and made acquaintances along the way, finish settling into your new home by throwing a party. Knowing people are coming over will give you an extra boost of energy to finally unpack the last box and finish decorating your home. And is there a better way to feel good about your new home than by filling it with smiling faces?

Image via Pixabay. Thanks to our guest author Natalie Jones.

Charming New Listing!!

2829 Cambridge Ct
OKC, OK 73116

3 Beds – 1 Bath – 1,250 SQFT mol – OKC Schools

Absolutely adorable home! Enter into the beautiful spacious living room complete with a large window and abundant natural light. The open living and formal dining room both equipped with beautiful wood floors. The kitchen has been updated and has classic black and white flooring. Two, charming lovely bedrooms are conveniently located close by the bathroom. The third bedroom is off of the dining room and comes with a NEW sliding barn door (could be used as second living). Over-sized deck is perfect for cookouts and parties! The deck has been re-stained, as well. This charming home has been updated with a NEW garage door, NEW kitchen sink, and NEW garbage disposal in 2018. You’ll also love the neutral colors and designer touches throughout! It’s comfortable and current yet a classic! In a great location off of NW Expressway! This home is ultimately a great place to call HOME!

For a virtual tour click here!



5 Open Houses Happening This Weekend!

Happy weekend! We finally made it! To celebrate, we’re having 5 open houses happening on Sunday, the 18th from 2-4pm! All of the listings are in Edmond and three of them just hit the market! Be sure to take advantage of this opportunity and see these houses before they’re snatched up! If you have any questions or would like more information don’t hesitate to contact The RED Team at Keller Williams at 405.474.4242 or click the corresponding link below.

2400 NW 194th St.

13200 Englewood Ln.

3240 Farmers Market Way

15905 Sky Run DR

1408 Woodview Ln.




Amazing Open House Opportunities This Weekend!

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Tired of the cold weather and rain? We’ve got great news for you- there are four open houses happening this Sunday and it should be sunny! Bright Sundays and open houses go together like peanut butter and jelly! You won’t want to miss such a beautiful combo so be sure to swing by any of these amazing listings this weekend! If you’d like more information please don’t hesitate to contact The RED Team at Keller Williams at 405.474.4242 or comment below!

604 Buckingham Way
13200 Englewood Ln.
709 Falling Sky
3240 Farmers Market Way

Happy Valentines Day From the RED Team

Happy Valentines Day to you! We love ya a bushel and a peck and hope you have a wonderful day filled with chocolates, cards, roses, hugs, kisses, and of course ‘lots of love! Don’t forget to tell at least one other person that you love them today!

Dear Panicked Men On Valentines Day, Your Welcome

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We’re down to the wire here, fellas. If you’re in a bind and haven’t had a chance to make any special Valentine’s Day plans, we wanted to give you a hand with that before it’s too late. From our office full of women who know what women want we’ve compiled a list of romantic outings you can take with your sweet heart this Valentine’s Day and hopefully keep you off the couch.

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1. River’s Edge Cottages in Watson, OK are a 100% foolproof formula for romance. The cottages are tucked away each in their own secluded corners of the forest for an intimate and private escape.  Not to mention, each cottage has it’s own personal panoramic view overlooking the river or surrounding mountains. Soak in these incredible views while you soak in the sunken double Jacuzzi with the fireplace roaring in the background. We’ve done the math for you: beautiful view+jacuzzi+fireplace= Romance.

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2. Lago Vista Bed and Breakfast provide many of the same features with a less rustic feel. If your Valentine isn’t one for the remote cottage experience try renting a lovely room at the Lago Vista! Enjoy your fireplace, large jacuzzi tub, and expansive view of the lake without traveling too far off the beaten path. When you’re not enjoying your room, venture out for a hike or to use the crystal clear pool and maybe meet some other couples!

Historic Hayes House Bed & Breakfast

3. Historic Hayes House in Muskogee, OK will just about knock anyone’s socks clean off. If your Valentine would prefer to have nothing to do with being in or near the woods, we suggest this location. Each room come furnished with beautiful antique furniture, a jacuzzi bath, and delicious in room snack for lovebirds enjoying their nest. If that’s not romantic enough for you, order one of the additional packages for your room. Be treated to a five-course candlelit dinner, therapeutic massage, red roses, chocolate-covered strawberries, and champagne flutes with your names etched into them.

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If you’ve got little ones or can’t find time to sneak away for Valentine’s Day try…

4. Redrock Canyon Grill. This fabulous restaurant serves Southwestern and American style dishes off the shore of Lake Hefner. You don’t have to travel further than Oklahoma City to treat your Valentine to a delicious dinner and cocktail and then finish the evening off by watching the sun go down over the lake.

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5.  Sumo Japanese Steak House is perfect for those couples looking for delicious food and an amazing show! This restaurant is especially good if you’re babysitter bailed on you at the last second. No need to worry! You can still have your romantic evening out! Your kiddos will be occupied with watching the hibachi chef grill and play with fire so you can surely sneak some kisses with your Valentine!

Regardless of where you go, don’t forget the chocolates or the roses! Let us know if you venture out to any of these amazing locations and good luck to you, men! We hope you and yours have a lovely time together this Valentine’s Day.

Fabulous Open Houses Happening THIS WEEKEND!

Woah, woah, woah- SIX fabulous open houses happening this weekend? SIX fabulous opportunities to find your new home sweet home? Be sure to take the time to check out any or all of these lovely homes and check house hunting off your to-do list! See any you love already? Click on the corresponding link below for more pictures and information! Please SHARE with anyone you know who might be interested!

6820 NW 157th  

7721 Twin Oaks Dr.

709 Falling Sky

414 Oregon Trail

4216 Rhode Island

13200 Englewood




NEW LISTING! Lovely home located in OKC!

7721 Twin Oaks Dr.
Yukon, OK 73099

3 bedrooms  –  2 bathrooms  –  1775 sqft  –  Yukon Schools


Lovely, spacious home with corner curb appeal galore! Upon entering the home through the beautiful front archway you’ll immediately notice the soaring ceilings and bright, airy entryway. From there, admire the open living room with wood flooring, rock fire place and large windows that lead into the dining room and kitchen. The well-lit kitchen is equipped with granite countertops, beautiful cabinets, and a stainless steel appliances. Master suite with wood flooring in bedroom and luxurious detached bath, shower, & large walk-in closet. Secondary bedrooms both with wood flooring and share the guest bath. Study with built-in shelving, wood flooring, and ceiling fan shares the hallway with secondary bedrooms. Laundry room with cabinets above washer/dryer and room to hang up clothes. Backyard with covered patio is perfect for entertaining with outdoor sink, grill, fridge, and plenty of power outlets. Check out this amazing home before it’s gone!

Click here for a virtual tour!!

Spreading The Love This February!

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The month of February is nearly upon us! You know what that means…  HALF PRICED CHOCOLATE AFTER THE 14TH! Oh, you we’re thinking Valentine’s Day? Us too… Anyways, to help you and yours celebrate this season of love we wanted to share fun Valentine’s events going on up to Valentine’s Day in  Edmond and OKC! We sincerely hope your heart is full of love and your stomach full of chocolate this Valentine’s Day. You’re all our Sweet Hearts!

Feb. 1 – Be Mine Arrow Paint Away Class at the MAC at Mitch Park (2733 Marilyn Williams Dr, Edmond)

  • features a basic social painting class for kids ages 2 & up.
  • 6 – 12. $12. 10 – 11 a.m.

Feb. 2 – Valentine Cupcake Paint Away Class at The MAC at Mitch Park (2733 Marilyn Williams Dr, Edmond)

  • features a basic social painting class for kids ages 6 – 12.
  • $12. 5 – 6 p.m.

Feb. 3 – Yukon Chocolate Festival at the Dale Robertson Center (1200 Lakeshore Dr, Yukon)

  • features a selection of chocolate treats served up by local businesses and groups as well as a silent auction.
  • $10 for eight tastes. 1 – 3 p.m.

Feb. 3 – 5 – Victorian Tea at the Edmond Historical Society & Museum (28 E Main St, Edmond)

  • features savories, scones, sweets and tea, as well as living history performers and favors.
  • Victorian dress recommended. Best suited from ages 5 and up.
  • $20. Saturday, 10 a.m. & 2 p.m.

Feb 8 – FREE Valentine Card Making at the Edmond Library (10 S Boulevard, Edmond).

  • Explore techniques in rubber stamping, die-cutting and more to build our own beautiful valentines.
  • Preregister. For ages 10 & up. 4:30 – 6 p.m.

Feb. 9 – Valentine’s Sweets, Eats & Beats at Myriad Garden’s Park House Event Center (301 W Reno Ave).

  • Enjoy food, live music and dancing.
  • For 21 & up. Members, $35; nonmember, $40.

Feb. 10 – Krewe de Banjo Mardi Gras Celebration at the American Banjo Museum (9 E Sheridan Ave)

  • features an evening of jazz music and New Orleans cuisine.
  • Members, $20; nonmembers, $25. 6 – 9 p.m.

Feb. 13 – FREE Valentine Make & Take at the Midwest City Library (8143 E Reno Ave, Midwest City).

  • Card making! All supplies included.
  • Best suited for ages 5 & up.
  • 4:30 – 5:30 p.m.

Happy early Valentine’s Day from the Red Team!