It can be helpful to know at least a few people when you move, whether they’re friends, distant relations or friends of friends.
Moving somewhere new with no contacts could be hard going as realistically it can take many months or even years to build up friendships. If you already have a network in the area, however small it may be, you may find it easier to settle.
Getting advice from people you meet in the area itself could help, whether they recommend house removals companies, electricians or plumbers etc. They may also tell you about the best local amenities, whether restaurants, bars, or the best places for a day out with the kids or dog walking.