Have you recently moved and feel like the new kid in the block that doesn’t know anyone? Unless you are an extreme extrovert, getting to know your new neighbors can be intimidating. You don’t want to make a bad first impression on those who live nearest to you. The good news is, getting to know the people who live nearby doesn’t have to be an anxiety-ridden ordeal. Here are a few tips to help you get to know your neighbors after you’ve moved into a new neighborhood.
Smile and Wave
The next time you see one of your neighbors out for a walk or driving by, make eye contact with them and smile and wave. If you can, a simple “Hello” and “How are you?” can spark up an easy conversation.
Knock on the Door
This one may take a little more nerve than smiles and waves, but if you’ve already exchanged a few hellos in passing, it shouldn’t be too difficult to introduce yourself. A simple knock on the door to say “Hi, I’m John. I’m new to the neighborhood and just wanted to say hello.” should suffice. Just be cautious about timing, try to avoid dinner time or early mornings on the weekends.
Look for Opportunities to Help
If you want your neighbors to like you, look for non-intrusive ways to help. For example, maybe your new neighbor is raking leaves or trying to move a large item in or out of their home. If you happen to be outside and see they could use a hand, offer to assist.
Take a Daily Walk
Going for an early evening walk is a great way to encounter some of your neighbors. They’re most likely home from work and may even be on a walk of their own.
Look for Advice
One way to spark up a conversation is to ask for recommendations. Maybe you need to know the best mechanic in the area or are looking for a great Thai restaurant. Ask your neighbors for their recommendations to spark up conversations and get to know them.
Attend Neighborhood Meetings
Many neighborhoods have some sort of neighborhood meetings, whether it’s a watch group or a homeowners association, getting involved is a great way to meet and get to know people nearby.
Host a Housewarming Party
Just moved in? Host a housewarming party and invite your neighbors. Make it a point to spend a little time engaging with each of them who show up to get to know them personally. You can find out where they’re from, what they do for a living or some of their favorite local hangouts.
Getting to know your neighbors isn’t something that’s going to happen overnight, but if you take the time to be friendly and build relationships, you may make some really good friends.
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