Introducing Yourself to Your New Neighbors
Moving into a new home in an unfamiliar neighborhood can be tough on every member of your family. And if your neighbors aren’t outwardly introducing themselves within a couple days of you moving in, it’s easy to feel isolated. But don’t worry — there are plenty of ways you can break the ice, introduce yourself and become a part of your new neighborhood in no time.
Spend Some Time Outside
It’s hard to seem welcoming while you’re holed up inside your house, so use these tips to meet your new neighbors while you’re outside. If you moved into your new home during a particularly bad bout of weather or during the winter, just wait for the next nice day!
Relax on your porch, lawn or driveway. Whether you’re enjoying a beverage after work or having your morning coffee on a Saturday, take it outside — you can enjoy the weather while appearing inviting to your neighbors. Position your seat so you’re facing the road and sidewalks and give a friendly wave to passersby.
Clean up your yard. Even if your home’s lawn was in pristine condition when you assumed ownership, take some time to personalize it or clean up any small flaws. Neighbors will see you making an effort to improve the appearance of the neighborhood and they might even offer to help.
Host an outdoor get-together. We’re not talking about printing hundreds of fliers and leaving them on every doorstep in your neighborhood. Instead, introduce yourself to your next-door neighbors and tell them about the party and encourage them to invite others in the neighborhood. Invite some friends that will routinely visit, pull out the grill and set out some drinks — it’ll make for the perfect casual environment where you can get to know the neighbors.
Get involved in neighborhood events. Within most communities, the neighborhoods within plan things like block parties, charity events, homeowners meetings or other sorts of get-togethers. An easy way to meet your neighbors is to attend these events. Join neighborhood social media pages and keep an eye out for these types of opportunities.
How to Talk to Your Neighbors
Putting yourself in situations to introduce yourself to your neighbors is one thing — talking to them and establishing a new relationship is another. Use these tips to get your friendships with your neighbors off on the right foot:
Be friendly. No matter if you’ve just lugged the heaviest couch in the world up two flights of stairs and down another, don’t let your frustration flow into your interactions with your neighbors. Be friendly from the get-go and you’ll put out a positive vibe that’ll help you integrate yourself into the neighborhood quickly.
Offer to help. Notice a neighbor with a truckload of furniture or backseat full of groceries ready to be taken inside? Offer to lend a hand. Even if they don’t accept your offer, they’ll appreciate your kindness and be more likely to say hello and exchange pleasantries in the future.
Ask questions. Showing interest in your neighbors and avoiding overwhelming them with information about yourself is a great tip in establishing any relationship. Don’t get too personal — keep it light and friendly.
Get recommendations. If you’re in a totally new community, you can ask neighbors about the best restaurants to go to, where they shop for groceries and anything else you’re curious about. And if you have young kids, you can ask if there’s a reputable neighborhood babysitter or daycare service around.
Notice common interests. Did you notice bikes in the driveway or gardening tools in the lawn? If you notice something about your neighbors or their space that falls in line with your interests, mention it!
Help your kids make friends. If your neighbors have their kids in tow or you’ve noticed them playing around their home, consider asking about setting up a play date with your children. An easy way to form relationships in your new neighborhood is to let your kids make fast friends.
Avoid negativity. If your neighbor starts badmouthing other neighbors or criticizing the old residents of your home, take note and be careful. A neighbor who immediately leads with negative comments might be worth steering clear of for the time being. Keep it light and positive in conversation.
Put up some boundaries. It’s easy to come off as the super personable, talkative and outgoing new neighbor early on — but if that’s not your usual style, it’s OK to re-establish your privacy and keep your space to yourself. Don’t feel pressured to put yourself out there all day, every day!
Once you’ve established yourself as a new member of your community, make sure you’re protecting your home with the right type of homeowners insurance. Your American Family agent is your insurance advocate and they’re always happy to help — reach out today and get the peace of mind you deserve.