Whether you’re getting settled in a beautiful new home or you’re a longtime resident looking to make new friends, meeting your neighbours for the first time can be as daunting as making new friends in a new school. Here are four ways to help smooth out the process and make it as easy and natural as possible.
Get out of the house.
It sounds obvious, but if you spend plenty of time sprucing up your front yard or walking around the local area, you’re bound to cross paths with your neighbours eventually. Introduce yourself and be open about the fact that you’re new to the area; you’ll likely get some good tips on the neighbourhood.
Look for online local community groups.
Many neighbourhoods have Facebook groups, Nextdoor.com pages, WhatsApp groups and other online communities residents can join. Especially during the pandemic, these became important places for neighbours to cooperate, ask for help and share updates.
Offer a helping hand.
If you notice a neighbour pruning their garden or fixing a fence, offer to help them. Not only will your kindness be greatly appreciated, you’ll also be able to chat and get to know each other while you’re working on the task at hand.
Host a housewarming party.
Everyone loves being invited to a party, and what better way to make friends with your new neighbours than to host one of your own? Not only will it help you meet other residents, but it could also help others get to know each other too!