Tips on How to Meet Your New Neighbours

By · November 5 2020
Tips on How to Meet Your New Neighbours

Now that you have arrived at your new home, it’s time for you to unpack and settle in. And while meeting your new neighbours may not be your priority at this time, it is better to do it sooner than later. It will help you feel more settled in and at home.

Not all people find this process easy, so if you are not quite sure how to do it, here are a few insightful tips that can give you a good jumping-off point.

Be Mindful How You Handle Moving Day

First impressions are important when it comes to meeting new people, so be mindful in handling your moving day.

Create a parking strategy to ensure that your moving truck will not be blocking your neighbour’s driveway.

Clean up your curb after you finished unpacking. Don’t clutter or let any loose debris outside your property. This will show your neighbours you are committed to maintaining cleanliness in your property

Be Friendly

Be friendly every time you see your neighbour passing by. Make it a point to greet everyone with a simple hello and a smile. When you think that it seems like a good time, you can also approach your neighbour and introduce yourself.

It is also a good idea to bring a small gift to your neighbours’ home. If you like cooking or baking, knock on your neighbour’s door with some freshly baked cookies or a pie.

Spend Time Outside

If you think knocking on your neighbour’s door is too invasive, try to catch them up while they are outside. You won’t be able to do this if you won’t go out of your house, so make it a point to do outdoor activities.

You can try gardening or beautifying your yard, going for a jog, reading a book on your porch, or washing your car out in your driveway. If you have a dog, or a child, taking them for a walk outside is also a great way to meet neighbours, especially those who is also a parent or a dog owner. It will be a great conversation starter if you find something in common with each other.

Ask Your Neighbours For Advice

Your neighbours will appreciate the chance to fill you in with their knowledge or opinions about your neighbourhood, so take this as a chance to strike up a conversation with them. Ask where you can take your dog for a walk, or if they can recommend any gym or pool you can go to.

Try to ask open-ended questions so you can get people to talk about their interest. This will help you develop a bond with your neighbours more quickly.

Throw a Housewarming Party

Your neighbours may be interested in you and your home, especially if you’ve made any upgrades to it. This is an advantage you should take. 

After you have unpacked the last of your box and cleaned up your new house, invite your neighbours to a housewarming party. Give them a house tour, serve some refreshments and make sure to create a relaxed and welcoming environment. Inviting your neighbours over will make them inclined to invite you to their homes as well.

Go To Community Events

Immersed yourself in your new neighbourhood by getting involved in community activities. Ask around and see if there are events in your area you can attend to, join housing association meetings, volunteer on a local charitable group. All this will help you come across people on your neighbourhood who share the same passions as you do.

As hard as it can be to put yourself out there, it is also rewarding to gain good connections in your community.  Sure, you have to invest energy and time, this is all part of your transition. Partnering with a moving company can help your transition easier. Let professional home movers handle the loading and unloading of your stuff so you can relax and have more time and energy to meet your new neighbours.

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