Have you recently moved to a new home or do you plan on moving soon? If so, it’s time to meet your new neighbors. If making new friends and acquaintances has been a challenge for you in the past, check out these tips on meeting your neighbors.
Believe it or not, a simple smile and wave “hello” can go a long way. Becoming close to your neighbors doesn’t always have to do with common interests but can come from being friendly to one another.
Moving can be busy, but allow room in your schedule to show up at events where the neighbors are. Pool parties, barbecues or birthday parties for kids close in age are all great ways to become familiar with those who live near you.
Spend time outside.
It’s impossible to meet new friends if you pull straight into the garage and don’t show your face. Take a walk to the mailbox, let the kids play out front or spend a day at the pool. Coming into contact with your neighbors and being friendly is a guaranteed way to form new relationships.
If you notice a neighbor in need, extend a hand. People tend to remember what someone did over something they said. If you see an older neighbor struggling to carry groceries, offer to assist. Deliver mail to their door if it ended up at your house by accident. Maybe someone needs an extra tool for a tire change – let them borrow from your garage.
Host a party.
Housewarming parties have stayed on trend for new homeowners, so take the opportunity to ask a few neighbors to join. Think of it as an alternative to giving or receiving a plate of cookies. This way, you’ll have more time to spark conversation and get to know each other better.
Meeting your neighbors doesn’t have to spark anxious feelings. By being friendly and opening up a conversation, you may produce new and unexpected friendships.