Once you’re settled into your new home, it’s time to make it feel like yours. Try to meet your new neighbors in the first couple of days to build a sense of community. Meeting new people can be tough. Although technology plays a huge part in the way the world operates today, there are some tricks to bringing back traditional means of communication.
Provide a positive first impression
Make it a habit to greet your neighbors. Even if you’re eager to unload and unpack, ignoring your new neighbors will send the wrong message. Since it only takes a second for others to form a first impression of you, give your neighbors a smile and wave.
Introduce yourself and strike up a conversation within the first couple days
Spare a couple of minutes to meet your neighbors. You don’t have to go around the entire neighborhood, but you should certainly take the time to introduce yourself to your immediate neighbors. Do this right away to avoid making it an awkward introduction later.
Host a housewarming party
If you’re hosting a housewarming party, add a couple more invites for your new neighbors. Make sure to invite as many people as you can from the neighborhood – you want to be inclusive, especially when you are new.
Join a local Facebook group
Social media is a powerhouse for connecting individuals, including those who are complete strangers to one another. While you certainly don’t want to ‘friend’ your new neighbors without ever talking to them, you can use the platform to connect with others in the community who have similar interests. Conduct a Facebook search for local groups and community events. You never know who’s in your community until you make an effort.
Frequent local businesses
Instead of making the trip across the city to your favorite coffee shop, considering frequenting the one in your new neighborhood. This can be an excellent way to meet people from all over the community. Become a regular at local establishments to meet new neighbors who have similar interests. You may even find a new favorite coffee shop, reading nook or dog park.
The community in which you make an investment is what turns your house into a home.