Moving to an unfamiliar area and being the proverbial “new kid on the block” can often be overwhelming. Connecting with your neighbors is a surefire way to make you feel more comfortable. Below are a few ways to help you get over the initial hump and become a familiar face within your neighborhood.
Yes, we know it’s old school, but it works! Take the initiative to knock on your neighbors’ doors and introduce yourself. Give them the basics—your name and cell phone number. You’d be surprised at how far a simple introduction can go.
Sweeten them up
If the knocking tactic makes you a little uneasy, head next door with a tray of cookies. It’s a kind gesture and will help build long-standing relationships. Besides, who doesn’t love fresh-baked goods?
Be a gracious host
Whether it’s an extravagant get-together or a simple porch party, hosting an event is a great way to meet neighbors. Give them a one-week or two-week notice, and make sure that when the day comes, you have plenty of appetizers and drinks to go around.
Play the cool parent
Kids can definitely help break the ice. If your neighbors have children that are around the same age as your own, arrange a playdate. Pop in a movie, and set out a few snacks—it doesn’t have to be elaborate. No kids? This technique also works well with pets!
Get rid of the old
After a move, a purge is necessary. Hosting a yard sale will not only allow you to get rid of excess items, but can also help you meet numerous neighbors at once. Many friendships have been created from rummaging through boxes of old china and toys.
Before you know it, your new house and neighborhood will start feeling more and more like home!