Moving to a new home usually means getting to know new neighbors, and while many of us would like to know the people next door, there isn’t always time to meet— especially after a move. While meeting new neighbors may not be high on your priority list after a move, it’ll help you feel more settled both into your new home and neighborhood. To help, use these time-saving tips to help you get to know your new community.
1. Introduce yourself
On move-in day you might discover a few neighbors interested in knowing the new "kids on the block". Make an effort to visit some neighbors’ homes and introduce yourself. Use the opportunity to request any helpful information you want, for example, what day the trash is picked up or where the closest playground is.
2. Visit your nearby bar or restaurant
Go to your nearby bar or restaurant for a beverage or a bite to eat. Instead of taking a table sit at the bar so you can talk to the staff and get acquainted with other patrons.
3. Set up a house-warming party
A housewarming party or a summer gathering are low-pressure ways for meeting your new neighbors and beginning being part of your new community.
4. Go to nearby play gatherings
If you have kids and/or pets, find out where the playgrounds and the dog parks are located. Other parents or pet owners present great opportunities to connect with members of your neighborhood.
5. Get on the web
The web is truly helpful for looking into what’s happening in your neighborhood. Websites such as Nextdoor allow individuals locally to post about the community. Facebook also has pages set up for neighborhood networks where you can share information.
6. Get a side interest
A common interest is an extraordinary method for getting to know your neighbors. Sports groups, wellness or art classes, and book clubs are great ways to connect. You can learn about gatherings and groups in your community either through Facebook or other social media platforms
7. Volunteer locally
Get to know individuals and assist with volunteering work in your area. Whether it’s aiding in a soup kitchen; partaking in a litter picking occasion; assisting the old or helping your nearby firefighters, you’ll meet a lot of members of your neighborhood.