When someone new moves into the neighbourhood, it’s a perfect opportunity to make a friend. Did you know only one in three of us bother to introduce ourselves to our neighbours when we move because we’re ‘too busy.’
1. Introduce yourself
Get to know your neighbours better by making the first step, knock on the door and introduce yourself. Say hello, go one step further and offer a welcoming gift. Warm cookies, a bunch of flowers, it doesn’t have to be expensive; it’s the thought that counts!
Moving to a new area can be a bit daunting. You don’t want to overwhelm your neighbour with information, so make the introduction short and sweet, a couple of minutes will do. Once you have broken the ice, conversations in the future will be easier.
2. A smile can go a long way
Our lives are often so busy that we sometimes forget how important it is to smile and say hello. You won’t look friendly or approachable if you are looking at the floor or are permanently on the phone. Smiling also makes us look younger and more attractive! Next time you walk past your neighbour, even if you are in a hurry and late for work, smile and say hello!
3. Invite them over
Once your new neighbour has started to settle in, learn more about your neighbour over dinner. You may feel comfortable inviting your neighbour over for a home-cooked meal or if the weather’s nice, why not have a barbeque? Not a good cook? You can always go out for dinner in a local restaurant.
4. The grand tour
Show your new neighbour around the area. This will give you something to talk about, if you are not good at starting conversations! Point out the local corner shop, the local supermarket, the playgrounds, the restaurants, etc. Find out more about them.
5. A helping hand
The best way to welcome your neighbours is to be there if they need help. If they have children, you can offer to help babysit. If they are elderly or disabled, you can offer to plow snow or cut the grass. Be there for them when they need you and not just when you feel like it.
Don’t let them feel like a stranger in their own neighbourhood!