Meeting Neighbors — October 7, 2013 at 4:33 pm

Tips for Meeting New Neighbors

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Taking the time to get to know your neighbors is a great way to make your neighborhood feel more like a community. It also comes in handy with:

  • borrowing tools
  • getting help unloading large or bulky items
  • having a few extra pairs of friendly eyes watching your home while you’re on vacation
  • feeding and visiting pets while you’re out of town
  • getting valuable advice on local activities, restaurants and home repair professionals
  • advice on dealing with your landscaping (chances are they have the same soil and challenges you do!)
  • Cheaper and more reliable child care and/or child carpooling help

Whether you’ve just moved in or have lived in the home for years and just never took the time to go meet your neighbors, here are some easy tips for getting to know your surroundings a little better.

1. Smile and wave

Sometimes simply making eye contact with a smile and a “howdy neighbor” wave is all it takes to start a short conversation.

2. Introduce yourself

It sounds simple but many people live near each other for years without simply taking the time to say hi. The benefits of knowing your neighbors far outweigh any fears. Introducing yourself doesn’t mean you have to be BFF’s, just cordial neighbors.

3. Write a welcome letter

A little shy? Not to worry. A simple welcome letter introducing you and your family is a great way to break the ice and say hello without feeling like you have to talk a long time. After all, you have more letters to deliver!

4. Find common ground

From sports to local restaurants, chances are you can find at least one thing in common with your neighbors. Short conversations and being observant should quickly help you figure out what your neighbors interests are.

5. Just get outside when your neighbors are

One of the quickest ways to meet your new (or existing) neighbors is to simply be outside on a weekend when many of your neighbors are also outside. They’ll be curious enough about the newest addition to their neighborhood to start the conversation. At the very least, outdoor activities provide the perfect opportunity to start with tip #1 in this list…Smile and Wave!  Here are a few ideas to get you outside and meeting your new neighbors:

  • Take your dog for a walk around your new digs.
  • Use your kids! Going for a walk with your kids is also a great way to strike up conversations, while giving you an easy out to not make them too long.
  • Mowing your lawn. (but not too early!)
  • Move all your sawing, measuring, and materials for the day to the garage or driveway instead of backyard. You may get some free help too!

6. Be considerate on moving day

You’ve heard the expression about never getting a second chance to make a first impression? Same goes for your neighbors. It’s easy to get caught up in the day’s activities when moving in, but a little consideration for your neighbors can go a long way. Avoid parking in front of their house or blocking driveways if possible. If you do have to, take a minute to say hi and ask if it’s ok first. Who knows…they may even offer to help!

7. Throw a house warming party

Nothing brings people together like a good party! Check out our tips for throwing a good house warming party.