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 Realtor.com, 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.

Oklahoma State Fair

It’s Oklahoma State Fair time! The fair started Thursday and since I can remember, before I was even 5 years old, my family has gone to the fair every year! Some years we’ve celebrated my birthday or my Dad’s birthday or we’ve just gone to eat fair food, shop, and people watch! What fun memories! 


Here is a link to the main Oklahoma State Fair website…https://okstatefair.com


And here is a link to the schedule of events for the upcoming week and a half…https://okstatefair.com/schedule


What’s your favorite food at the fair? Mine is the grilled corn on the cob(only because I have celiac). My families favorites are the corn dogs from Wanda’s stand. Yes we know her name. She’s located right by the old needle around the main circle of the fairgrounds. In the past we have loved the Silver Dollar cinnamon rolls that have been there since I was just a tiny tot. Oh and the Wisconsin fried cheese. Yummy! My mouth is watering! 

Check out this link if new fair food vendors this year…https://okstatefair.com/map?type=food

Tell us what your favorite food, activity, show, ride or even purchase from the fair has been this year or in the past! It’s OKC FAIR Time! Let loose and GO have some fun! 

New Listing in Fairfax Estates

3200 Findhorn Drive, Edmond, Oklahoma is now ready for new owners!

This home offers an open living area with a cathedral ceiling & tons of natural light . The elongated study could be used as a second living area off the entry, just opposite of that is the formal dining room  hardwood floors. Upstairs is perfect for entertaining or hanging out. The huge bonus/media room is  complete with a beverage fridge and a half bath. Let’s talk kitchen… SS appliances including a double oven gas cook-top, lots of storage, massive island with seating & a spacious dining area with views of your backyard. The large master bedroom suite with room for a sitting area that has access to the back patio. The master bath features two walk-in closets, tub and shower.A beautifully landscaped backyard features a covered patio with built in grill with a granite prep area,  a gas fire-pit & covered patio.  All bedroom are on the main level and most of main house has hardwood floors, including  the master suite. Fairfax Estates and The Golf Club of Edmond give you everything you want.  It’s a must see!

Click the link below to take a tour of this spectacular home., then give us a call we would love to schedule a  private tour for you and your family.

https://www.tourfactory.com/2612389

 

Light, Bright & Just Like New!

5008 Butte Rd., Edmond, OK 73025

This home is ready for you!  It has been totally updated from the floors, interior doors, paint, appliances & bathrooms. The home sits on 2.16 acres in Sorghum Mill Estates just north of Mitch Park, Uptown Grocery, Lowes , and several new restaurants.

You won’t be disappointed in this 4 bed, 2 1/2 bath, 2 dining, 2 living, 3048 sq ft mol home.  The master bedroom boasts a large closet, walk in shower, tub, 2 sinks and linen cabinet. Fourth bed could be used as study. Secondary beds are spacious with great closets. Glamorous kitchen with windows over looking the backyard, a plethora of counter space and cabinets plus a large walk in pantry. The back patio is ready for entertaining and enjoying time in the outdoors.

Easy access to highways, shopping and entertainment. Schedule a private showing today or come by our Open House Sunday, April 7th from 2-4 pm.

Click the link below to view this home.

https://www.tourfactory.com/2568243

 

OPEN HOUSES THIS WEEKEND

Saturday Open House from 2 pm – 4 pm.

12195 Hidden Run Rd.,  Guthrie, OK 73044

Hidden Oaks

$204,777.

3 bed, 2 bath, 1 living, 1 dining, 1720 sq ft mol.

 

Sunday Open Houses from 2 pm – 4 pm.

 

2828 NW 183rd St., Oklahoma City, OK 73012

Valencia

$192,777.

4 bed, 2 bath , 1 living, 1 dining, 1662 sq ft mol.


2724 Balmoral Dr., Edmond, OK 73034

Fairfax Estate

$464,777.

4 bed, 3.1 bath, 3 living, 2 dining, 3367 sq ft mol., sitting on the #6 tee box.


 

2520 Alexa Ave., Edmond, OK 73034

Redbud Canyon

$445,000.

4 bed, 3 bath, 3 living, 2 dining, 3065 sq ft mol.

New Listing in Edmond

1408 NW 192nd Terrace in the Barrington addition in Edmond is our newest listing.

This move in ready home has it all!

Once you enter the home you will notice the large formal dining room that right now has a table that seats 16!!

To the right of the foyer is a dedicated office with french doors, hardwood floors and a built in desks with shelves and plenty of storage..

The kitchen offers an abundant amount of cabinets a walk in pantry, built in stainless steel double ovens , a gas cook top  with pot filler surrounded by stone, granite countertops, island with prep sink and large bar area that could seat 8, all open to the family room with a floor to ceiling fireplace.

In addition to the family room this home has a theater/game room with a walk in closet that can be used for equipment or storage, a wet bar with  built ins  and plenty of room to play.

The large windows in the laundry room bring in light to a spacious work area with sink, built in iron board, bench and storage cabinet.

The master bedroom is separated from other bedrooms & the master bath has a tub, shower & a large, walk-in closet.

The large fenced in back yard offers a covered patio with a builtin kitchen, gazebo, and fire pit.

Updates include solar vents, can lights throughout home and outside, all new fence and paint, landscaping, rubber mulch, landscaping rocks on sides of home , added insulation, all appliances plus an ice maker, and tinted windows making the home more energy efficient.

We love this home and we would love for you to call and schedule a private showing!

Kiley Hendley 405-410-9696

Kim Spencer 405-474-4774

Terra Myers 405-474-4242

The RED Team

Keller Williams Central Oklahoma

New to Town?

Unpacking the Boxes is a 10-week class for women in the Edmond and Oklahoma City area. The class is inspired by Susan Miller’s book After the Boxes are Unpacked: Moving On After Moving In. Women from the Memorial Road Church of Christ run the weekly meetings. The class is designed to help women connect with other women who are new to area.  Bible-based lessons will help you learn to move past the pain and loss of what you’ve left behind and toward an appreciation of your new community.  You will have an opportunity to meet other newcomers in the Edmond area and build friendships by sharing relocation challenges, memories of “home,” and common interests.  The optional book may be purchased on the first day of class. 

Class meets Wednesday mornings, 9:30-11:30, at Memorial Road Church of Christ, 2221 E. Memorial Road, from September 5 to November 14.  Child care is provided. 

For more information about the class, visit  www.unpackingtheboxes.com or e-mail unpackingtheboxes@gmail.com or phone 405-478-0166.

Keys to Scoring a Mortgage

Getting a pre-approval letter will get you ahead of the game, and keeping your credit quiet will help you to the finish line! Here are some other pointers in the “winning the game” of closing on a home with a mortgage!

 

We know that buying a home can be intimidating with so many steps. With a solid team consisting of a real estate professional and a mortgage professional, WE will get you to the finish line. If you have any questions about the process, or if you’re ready to begin the pre-approval process, give US a call!

Rachel Slovacek

NMLS #140681

Who’s ready for the 4th of July?

Fireworks, parades, picnics and fun family time!!
The Fourth of July is just a week away, so we thought we would share some of our favorite patriotic porch ideas with you. If you have a traditional southern style porch or something smaller, try implementing some of this quick and easy ideas to your porch.