Settle In: Meet Your Neighbors

renting a houseInteracting with other people, particularly in a new neighborhood, comes naturally for some, and so it is easier for them to make new friends. There are also those who struggle to break the ice with new neighbors, and so it is a challenge for them to settle into a new home.

If, for whatever reason, you are one of those who can’t seem to strike up a conversation with someone you’ve just met in a new community, you could use some help. With some courage and a little creativity, you can meet new friends and create budding relationships with your neighbors.

Here are a few ways to get to know your neighbors:

Throw a Simple Party

Gather up the courage to go door-to-door and personally invite all your neighbors. Make sure your house or apartment for rent has enough space to accommodate a number of guests. Prepare some brownies and other simple treats that your neighbors can share over some conversation.

Volunteer

One of the easiest ways to know your neighbors and make new friends is to volunteer. Find an organization in your community that supports your interest and find out how to join. Through volunteering, you can use your time wisely and meet people.

Take a Class

Search for a class to join at your local recreation and community center. Classes such as painting, cooking, and dancing can teach you new skills and help you get acquainted with the people in your new community.

Join a Gym or an Exercise Group

Research online and you might discover a running or a walking group that costs less than joining a gym. An exercise facility that offers classes and meetings, however, is also a great way to meet people who are interested in physical fitness. A community center that could get you in team sports can help you develop long lasting relationships.

Have a Yard Sale

A yard sale is an excellent way to purge some items that you shouldn’t have packed in the first place. This lets you stay outside your house, where neighbors may start conversations. This may also leave with some extra cash in your pocket.

Be a Good Neighbor

Perhaps the easiest way to make new friends is to be a good neighbor. Be considerate about where you park and don’t leave trash sitting in your yard without knowing when it will be picked up. When people drop by and introduce themselves, be courteous and invite them in. Don’t forget to send thank-you notes to neighbors who offer welcoming gifts.

Get in the habit of smiling and saying hello to meet new friends. Know your neighbors and discover the benefits of forming relationships with the people who live around your new apartment or house.