How to get to know new neighbors after relocating?
Moving to a new neighborhood or even a new city is a chance for growth and to explore.
After spending some time, months or years, you might feel the need to relocate. It could be because your career is blossoming and you want to move to a nicer place or neighborhood. It could be because your family is expanding and you want to move into an area where there are a lot of nice schools or parks.
Whatever the reason is, you will still find it important and not so easy to get to know your new neighbors.
In this article we will highlight the best and easiest ways that will get you to know and get along with your new neighbors after relocating:
1. Introduce yourself
While this makes a lot of sense, many people forget its importance.
Your neighbors might have already noticed your presence while the movers were busy moving your stuff. They would be curious and you might even notice them trying to sneak a peek.
After the movers have left and you have settled down, you can easily go and knock on the house next door. Take the move as an excuse and apologize for any inconvenience. You can even ask about the nearby facilities or amenities. You will definitely gain a reputation as someone who is concerned about the peace of their neighbor. And you will open the door to new relationships and friendships.
You will definitely gain a reputation as someone who is concerned about the peace of their neighbor. And you will open the door to new relationships and friendships.
2. Throw a party for neighbors
This doesn’t have to be a big one.
It could be as simple as having coffee on a Sunday morning. But you must take the first step by inviting your neighbors to your house. They will definitely follow the lead and invite you over to theirs later on.
3. Make yourself approachable
Sit on the porch and walk around the neighborhood. Avoid dashing and running to your car with no eye contact whatsoever.
Always have a welcoming smile and begin by saying hello to your neighbors. I
If you happen to see another parent walking their kid to school, you can easily start a conversation. Go to the local park and don’t sit with your face buried in your phone. Instead, smile, talk, ask questions and take the lead.
People would love to get to know a friendly person who doesn’t make them feel like they are violating their personal space.
4. Become a local
Do what others do.
Head to the most famous supermarket where all families get their amenities. Visit the local restaurant. See where do people go and just do like them. If you have a dog then go to the park and get to know other dog owners.
Engage in any of the local social and public activities available in your neighborhood. People are curious by nature and they would very much like to get to know an interesting new stranger.
5. Get involved
Be an active member of the community and take a positive part in different activities.
If you are a parent, then take part in carpooling or host play dates to help other parents out. This is a sure way to make new friends, too. Join some community group services to clean up the trash. Take care of the park and you will definitely meet like-minded people who will soon become friends.
Go to watch the local sports team and be positive. You will attract the attention of others when you try to engage in what they do.
6. Hold a yard sale
While moving you might be confused about what you need to throw away or keep. Only after you have moved into a new place that you will start seeing what you actually don’t need anymore.
Holding a yard sale is a great way to get rid of the stuff you don’t need in your new house as well as a good excuse to meet new people. Your neighbors would love to come and see what’s on sale.
7. Start a free lending library
If you want to encourage reading in your new community while getting to know some new people, then you can easily start a free lending library.
You just need some extra books that you can put on shelves or in boxes in your driveway or at your backyard. People can come and pick some up then return them later or exchange them with their own.
8. Go online
A lot of neighborhoods will have their own online Facebook page which will include all the important dates and events.
Meet new neighbors online and get involved in the upcoming events. Introduce yourself and select the activities that seem interesting to you. You can also ask your old friends if they know anyone who lives in that new neighborhood or contact your work or school for referrals.
These are some very basic ideas. You can try many other activities.
Do you have an interesting method that you tried with your new neighbors and worked well for you? Please share it in the comments window below.