Relocating away from friends and family in Plymouth, Maple Grove or any other neighborhood may be one of the hardest parts about moving. You’ll have to say goodbye, but you don’t need to end your relationships because you’ve moved to a new community.

You’ll make new friends after you move, but those new relationships don’t have to replace the old ones. It might be a struggle, but make an effort to maintain and stay in contact with friends from your old neighborhood.

Prepare Your Loved Ones Before You Move

Managing long-distance relationships begins before your move. Let your friends and family know that you will miss them and want to stay in touch. If you have it, give them your contact information before you leave. That includes:

  • Cell phone number
  • Landline phone number
  • Skype address
  • Social media profile names and addresses
  • Mailing address

With today’s technology, staying connected is easier than ever before. If you give your friends and family multiple ways to contact you – you’re more likely to stay in touch after you have moved.

Re-Connect As Soon As Possible After You Move

After you have moved, unpacked, and organized your new home, start making contact with those old friends. Let them know you have successfully landed and give them a sense of your new surroundings. If possible, try to make contact on video through one of the multiple video chat services

  • Skype
  • Google+ Hangouts
  • Facebook Chat
  • Cell Phone Connectivity (e.g. FaceTime)

Family of three using laptop video call camera

Another option to stay in touch with old friends is to start a blog. You can write about life in your new home and share your blog address with your friends and family in the old neighborhood.

And don’t forget to send birthday and holiday cards. You can call or Skype your friends and relatives. It’s the next best thing to actually being there in person.

After you have been away from your old neighborhood for a while – go back and visit. Plan a reunion with your old friends and neighbors. Let them know when you’ll be back in town and invite them to join you for a celebration. Catching up on each other’s lives is one of the best ways to stay connected after a move.