Get to Know Your New Neighbors in One Weekend
Moving is a HUGE deal. It's one of the biggest life changes you can experience and it's not always easy moving to a new place. One way to make the adjustment period easier is to get acquainted with your neighbors and learn the area right away.
This will help you: feel safe in your new neighborhood, learn the ins and outs of the amenities, build confidence and help you feel like a member of the community if you're new to the area.
Here are some tips that will make you feel at home in no time!
Local Restaurants and Stores
Check out some of the local restaurants and/or bars in the area. Start by talking with the bartender or server. This is a great chance for you to talk to anyone you meet. Most patrons you encounter will be locals who have lived in the area for a while, so they can give you the lowdown on the area. At nearby stores, you can always talk with people in line, in aisles or even the parking lot. There are many possibilities but what is important is that you are putting yourself out there while also learning your way around the area.
Take a Walk or Bike Ride
Again, just putting yourself out there to be seen will open the door. A nice stroll or bike ride outside almost guarantees you will run into someone. This will also give you a layout of the area. Try to pay attention to sounds, trees, architecture, police presence, gyms and anything else that is important to you. This will give you an idea of where you want to be spending your time in the future.
Attend an Event/Use Nextdoor
Most communities have planned events even if they're just the HOA meetings. Go to these! Learn what you can about your new neighborhood. This is your best bet as you are guaranteed to meet members of your neighborhood specifically. Using Nextdoor is a great way to connect with people right on your street. Give it a try to stay up to date on fun events near you.
Sit on Your Porch
This is possibly the easiest of all! Just sit on your porch. Relax, show that you're there and you're open for friends! You may be surprised how many people will just come up and begin a conversation with you. Depending on how long your home was on the market prior to your move-in, some of your neighbors may have been eager for you to move in so they could get to know you!
The main thing to remember is that you just have to put yourself out there to be seen so your neighbors have a chance to love you. Being in a new place can be challenging at first, but developing bonds and becoming a member of the community will definitely help!
How will you be bonding with your new neighbors? Do you have any personal success stories using any of these tips? We would love to hear about it!