How to Get to Know Your Neighbors
When you move into a new place, you have a lot to get done. You need to get your new home all settled. You have to get your internet and other utilities hooked up. And, you probably want to get to know some of your new neighbors.
With everyone being so busy these days, it can make meeting your neighbors seem like a difficult task. But it doesn’t have to be. Use a few of these tips, and you could be meeting new neighbors in no time at all.
“A simple hello could lead to a million things.” – Unknown
Yes, start with some simple hellos as you see neighbors by the mailbox, in the parking lot, or wherever you run into them. Such a simple greeting can be a way to open up a conversation.
Head to the Fitness Center
With an onsite fitness center, you might find that meeting your neighbors is easy if you like to workout. Head to the fitness center during prime hours to introduce yourself. Most people who workout do so at approximately the same time every day so you can probably expect to see familiar faces after a few days of hitting the gym.
Ask For Help
Need some help moving a large piece of furniture or hanging some pictures on the walls? Ask a neighbor if they might assist you. Most neighbors will be happy to help!
Of course, if you see another person in need of assistance, offer to help them. Maybe you could offer to watch someone’s pets or receive a delivery for someone. Little acts of helpfulness are sure to be appreciated.
Share Some Cookies
Okay, it doesn’t have to be cookies – or even something homemade, but you could bring your neighbors a little something to say hello. In the “old days” neighbors often brought something to a new neighbor, but why wait to see if that happens. Take the initiative to bring something yourself!
Host a Gathering
If you want to meet your neighbors and be really popular – host a gathering! It could be coffee and donuts on a Saturday morning or cocktails on a Friday night. A little get-together is a great way to get all of your neighbors interacting with one another.
Seek Out Social Media
Your apartment building has a Facebook page – so be sure to follow it so you can interact with their posts and see what your neighbors have to say. Also, check for any other pages that your neighbors follow so you can be up-to-date with what’s happening.
Seek Out People Who Have Your Hobbies
Ask around and see if anyone shares the same hobbies as you. Maybe there’s a golf group you can join or a group that runs every weekend.
If you have children, a great way to meet new people is to schedule some playdates. Your kids will make new friends, and you will meet the children’s parents.
Even before you’re entirely settled into your new place, you can be taking steps to get to know your neighbors. Start with saying hello to everyone you meet and take it from there. Harry Truman said, “All will concede that in order to have good neighbors, we must also be good neighbors.”