New Home? Here’s How to Meet the Neighbors
They say you never get a second chance to make a first impression. However, it is a lot easier to strike up a conversation with a stranger while in line at the grocery store than it is to actually take the first step to introduce yourself to your new neighbors. Here are a few ideas that may help you break the ice.
- Organize a Party – If you are a social butterfly and love to host parties anyway then this is the perfect way to get to know several neighbors at the same time. You can have a BBQ or potluck, or keep it a bit shorter with coffee and muffins.
- Become an Early Bird – If you don’t already walk or jog early in the morning now is a good time to start. You may be surprised to find out how many of your new neighbors are making the rounds throughout the neighborhood. Besides, your dog will appreciate the exercise before you leave for work.
- Use the Kids – If you have children, they will likely have a handful of new friends before the moving truck is even unloaded. Every time your child brings home someone to play with take advantage of this. Ask for their parents’ names and number and then call to let them know their child is at your house. They may already know this, but it is a good excuse to break the ice.
- Visit the Library – Your local library has a lot more than books. There may be book clubs for parents, story time for kids and other neighborhood events. Plus, you may find information about local events or volunteer opportunities while you’re here, as well.
- Spend Time Outside – If your neighborhood is like most others it probably comes alive with energy on a sunny Saturday morning. Everyone is out doing yard work, walking their dogs and playing with kids. Clear your schedule and plan on spending some time in the fresh air.
- Garage Sale – Ideally, you will get rid of everything you don’t need or want before you move. However, many people mean to do this, but simply don’t. If you have boxes of “stuff” you should have donated or sold before the move, have a garage sale. This lets you get rid of what you don’t need, make a little extra money and meet your new neighbors.
There is not necessarily a right or wrong way to get to know your new neighbors. Every person is unique and comfortable with a different approach. Choose a method that best fits your style and get settled into your new neighborhood.