When moving into a new area, one of the most difficult parts of the experience can be getting out there and meeting your new neighbors. This can be the perfect time for making new friends and becoming a full fledged member of your new community. Still, none of these things make it any easier for anyone that finds meeting new people an anxious affair or who gets nervous at the thought of knocking on a stranger’s door.
Meeting Your New Neighbors
With that in mind, here are a few tips that will help you break the ice and feel much less anxious and awkward about meeting new people around your new home. Find one or two that best suit you, and before you know it you will feel at home in your new neighborhood.
This does not have to be cold knocking on doors. You will likely be surprised that your neighbors are curious about meeting you as well. So take that opportunity when they wave or pause in passing – this is the perfect time for an introduction!
Between moving loads into your new home or while taking a break after the flurry of movers has subsided, head over and say hello. Tell them how you are excited to be moving into the area and look forward to meeting all your neighbors. This will help break the ice, as well as open the conversation up for your neighbor to give you some insight about your other neighbors and the community around you in general.
When meeting people for the first time, you’ll find that if you ask them questions about themselves they can easily answer they will open up quickly. Ask your new neighbor about who delivers to the neighborhood as well as local businesses like restaurants, movie theaters, grocery stores and so on. You will find when you ask these things neighbors will be more than happy to share their knowledge. In addition to being a great icebreaker, this information is also useful to you as a new member of the community.
Move to Personal Questions
With your foot now in the metaphorical door, now is the time to shift your conversation to a few more personal questions to get to know your new neighbor. Inquire about their interests. See if you have any common interests you can build your conversation on. Learn if they are sports fans, movie buffs, or if they have any hobbies like gardening or fishing. All of these things will lay groundwork for conversations you can have down the road.
Have A Party
In recent years, housewarming parties were events where we invite all of our friends over for dinner and drinks to show off our new homes. Traditionally the housewarming party was to bring your friends and new neighbors together to celebrate your new home. Once you have unpacked and your home is in order, what better way to get to meet your neighbors than throwing down a cook out? Fill your backyard with old and new friends over good food and drink.
Getting involved in your neighborhood can be a wonderful way to make friends and meet new people. Better yet, often this type of involvement will get you meeting more than just your next door neighbors. Joining classes at your local community centers will get you out of the house and meeting like minded members of your area.
Many communities have fun social events that are designed to bring neighbors together and strengthen the community as a whole. So, if you hear about a movie night at the park or a street dance do not hesitate to give it a try!
Attend community meetings and learn about what is going on in your neighborhoods and surrounding areas. You live there now, so you should be informed and have a voice. The more people who see you and your interest and involvement, the more you’ll find your neighbors approaching you to introduce themselves if they have not met you yet.
Join your community’s social feeds. These days many neighborhoods and subdivisions have Facebook or Google+ pages. These groups can connect you with your neighbors through social media. Many communities no longer send out physical newsletters, as they have gone digital, however, these are a good way to keep up to date on upcoming events in your area as well.
If you have just moved in, don’t stress about rushing to know your new neighbors. In time, by using some of these tips and taking your time, you will have plenty of opportunities to meet your neighbors. Be patient, enjoy your new home, and be excited about the many new friends you will have the chance to meet.