Moving can be a stressful process, but great things can come out of your move as well! When moving to your new house, you'll want to make it your home as soon as possible, part of feeling at home will mean getting to know your new surroundings, feeling a sense of community and meeting your neighbors.
Getting to know your new neighbors is nice but also practical, reach out to them during your first months in your new place, and you'll see how this can make your community experience richer and more satisfying.
Here are a few tips to help you meet the neighbors!
1. Front vs. back
Take your backyard activities to the less often used front yard. Read your favorite book or magazine, enjoy a glass of wine, work on the grass, being out in the open naturally leads to conversations with those passing by, coming home from work or leaving for the evening.
2. Meet the neighbors
Your neighbors are probably just as curious to meet you as you are to get to know them. The first few weeks after moving are bound to be busy ones, you'll need to finish unpacking and organizing and time will fly.
One thing to consider putting on your to-do list is taking the time to meet at least one new neighbor a week. You'll be amazed at how fast this fun challenge becomes a custom and gets you settled into your new community.
3. Throw a housewarming party
Most of us host a housewarming party and invite our friends; this is a great opportunity for your friends to see your new home but could a housewarming serve a bigger purpose than that? It sure can, why not take the opportunity to invite the neighbors closest to you and get to know them as well!
4. Join (or Start!) a Local Group
A friend of mine recently moved into a new neighborhood, and once she started doing a little bit of research on the community, she was surprised to find out about the many groups and clubs that were already active in the area. From ladies groups to kids playdates, they seemed to have something for everyone.