Meeting New Neighbors
If you have recently just moved into a new neighborhood, that experience can be both exciting and stressful all at the same time. You are probably asking yourself, who are my new neighbors? Are they going to be neighborly and nice? Will I and my family have anything in common with them? Do they have school-aged kids or are they retired? These types of questions are all very valid. If you have not been visited by any of your neighbors within a reasonable amount of time, you probably want to consider being proactive, possibly step out of your comfort zone and start reaching out to them for an introduction. Below are a few methods you can use to start the conversation and get to know your new neighbors without being too forward. These ideas are tried and true and brought to you by Gastonia’s Moving Specialists, Tru-Pak Moving Systems.
First, Just Say Hello
As an old saying goes, “you can catch more bees with honey, than you can with vinegar”. Just by being nice and friendly whenever you see someone in the neighborhood, will establish you as someone who seems friendly and nice and maybe someone your neighbors would like to get to know. If you are generally shy just smile and say hello. This will probably start the conversation and it will also make a good impression. It’s easy to start the conversation off right by complimenting a neighbor about something like their yard, or their home. An easy conversation could open the door for some additional dialog and possibly a way to find some common ground on which to build a relationship.
If you enjoy being on your patio or working in the front yard of your home, this might give you an opportunity to catch people walking by, working in their yards, or even driving by in their cars. Noticing other neighbors who enjoy being outside might lead to an opportunity to socialize, get invited for a drink, or even a chat about the previous tenant who sold you their home. This is always a good way to get acquainted with your neighbors by showing you are friendly and sociable. Being visible, means you want to get to know them and see if a mutual friendship is in your future. Ask revealing questions about how long they have lived there. Is there any crime in the neighborhood etc. Also, try and find out if there are any neighborhood functions or events that might be coming up you would like to attend.
Meeting neighbors is the easiest way to get to know your new surroundings. It might be important to also get involved in any local community functions, associations, or even block initiatives. Look for any volunteer activities close by like churches, clubs, etc. In your new neighborhood, you may become the catalyst your neighbors need to start a historical association, book club, neighborhood watch program, or even a community-wide garage sale. There are many ways to get to know your neighbors.
Animals and Children
Many have found meeting people through your animals or children can also open the door to meeting your neighbors. If your family with children moves to a new neighborhood, your kids also are starting from scratch. They want to meet other similar aged children close by and find friends they can play within the neighborhood. One way to help them is if you see children outside, go and introduce your child to them, and then you can also introduce yourself and your kids to their parents. If your children and the neighbor’s kids play well together, this to may further open the door to joint family outings, dates, barbecues, etc. If you have a dog and they like walks you will probably find that your neighbors will remember their names before ever remembering yours. Exploring your new neighborhood with your dog in tow is always a good thing especially if you meet other animal lovers doing the same thing.
Who Will Make the First Move?
If you are really interested in getting to know your neighbors, we recommend you go at least the 3 homes to your left and right and introduce yourself and your family members. These neighbors are the closest to your new home. For some, this can be an uncomfortable step, and in that case, you might induce your spouse to make the first contact. One thing is for sure, the sooner you get to know those who live around you, the faster you will get adjusted to your new surroundings. If you find you have things in common, you might want to invite the friendliest of them for an afternoon barbecue or even drinks one evening. There are many ways to meet new neighbors and these are just a few suggestions that can help you and them break the ice.
Advice from Gastonia’s Friendliest Mover
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