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Meeting your new neighbors can seem like a daunting task. Nearly a third of Americans have never met their neighbors.
You, too, can become better acquainted with your neighbors. There are ways you can bond with the people you live near and even forge friendships with them.
Getting To Know & Meeting Your New Neighbors
Don’t Be A Pest
The day you move in is chaotic. Your neighbors probably see you and your movers rushing back and forth to complete the move.
Start off on the right foot by not giving your neighbors a reason to dislike you.
Be conscious of how much space you take up during the move-in. Don’t park your car in front of someone’s driveway without their permission. Don’t let your moving boxes clutter the sidewalk for too long.
If you can, try not to make too much noise, especially at night. The less you inconvenience your new neighbors, the better.
Assuming you aren’t a pest, the next step is to initiate conversations with your new neighbors:
Introduce Yourself And Meet Your New Neighbors
Getting to know your neighbors will ultimately benefit you. Knowing your neighbors builds community and benefits your sense of safety. It’s important to know what kind of people you live around.
Most people leave meeting their new neighbors to chance. The trick is to be proactive in getting to know your neighbors.
Whenever you leave your house, be on the lookout for new neighbors. That way, you can introduce yourself. Be sure your neighbors actually have time to chat and aren’t in a rush.
Introducing yourself to your neighbors can be difficult if you’re shy, socially awkward, or suffer from low confidence. It’s important to get over your fears in order to connect with your new neighbors.
Don’t be afraid to ask questions. Ask your neighbors for food recommendations or recommendations on what organizations they enjoy participating in. You never know when you’ll find a gem.
If you were disruptive on your move-in day, use these interactions as your excuse to apologize. It can’t hurt.
With that said, it also helps to be respectful of privacy. Nobody likes a nosy neighbor. Don’t be that person.
Be Nice And Friendly
Do you want to leave a positive impression on your neighbors? Then be nice and friendly. It’s that simple.
Studies show that being nice can reduce stress and improve your health. Most importantly, being nice will make your neighbors like you.
Don’t just stop talking to your neighbors after speaking once. Offer to get to know them. Perhaps you could even invite them over for coffee to spend some time together.
Whenever you see your neighbors, smile at them. This will acknowledge their presence in a friendly way. This is important if you live in a small town or a big city where there are more people.
Be on the lookout for ways to help your neighbors. If you see your neighbor struggling with a chore (like bringing in groceries or shoveling the driveway), offer to help if you’re in the right position.
Being nice and friendly means being welcoming. Here’s a perfect way to welcome your neighbors into your life:
Throw A Housewarming Party
One surefire way to meet your new neighbors is to throw a housewarming party. That’s when you invite your friends and neighbors to gather at your new home.
When inviting people, try to invite them in person, on the phone, or online. If you can’t, leave invitations at your neighbors’ doorsteps or in their mailboxes.
Make sure the atmosphere is festive. You don’t have to decorate, but playing music and burning essential oils are only two ways you can enhance the atmosphere.
Be sure to serve drinks and refreshments. Good food is something very few people can resist.
Throwing a party can connect you to your immediate neighborhood. If you want to be involved beyond that, you have to do the following:
Get Involved In Your Community
Getting involved in your community means finding an outlet you can engage your neighbors with.
Got spare time? Try volunteering somewhere and when you do, keep your interests in mind. If you like animals, you can volunteer at your local animal shelter.
Got kids? Try getting involved at your kid’s school. Chances are, you’ll meet other parents who live in your neighborhood.
Try visiting local establishments like restaurants, bars, and other places where your neighbors are likely to congregate.
Finding a local job can help you connect with your community. Chances are, your coworkers also live nearby. Knowing people who live nearby helps you integrate into your community.
You can join a local club for people who have your interests. For instance, if you’re into movies or books, you can find a local movie night or book club.
You can often find these clubs online. This brings me to my next point:
Connect With Your Neighbors Online
As vast as the internet is, it can help meeting your new neighbors. The internet is especially useful for improving your social life when you can’t get out much.
You can use online tools to connect with the people who live in your area. There are many platforms designed for this purpose. Try some of them out and see which one jives with you the best.
Check out Nextdoor or Facebook for local groups centered around your neighborhood. You’ll find it is a convenient way to interact with neighbors you might not have met otherwise.
Always be careful when meeting people off the internet. Be sure to meet in a public place. Always let others know where you are and who you’re with, in these situations.
Don’t Be Shy!
Meeting your new neighbors. It’s one of the best decisions you’ll ever make.
Not only will you be safer, but you’ll also feel happier and more connected to your community.
Contact an expert to learn more about the art and science of moving in. You won’t regret it.