Meeting the Neighbors: How to get Settled in Your New Home Meeting the Neighbors: How to get Settled in Your New Home

Meeting the Neighbors: How to get Settled in Your New Home

Monday, November 05, 2018

When it comes to moving house, there is no question, it’s a stressful event. From the selling and buying contracts and negotiations to packing up, to unpacking in a new location, at the end of it all, you’re forgiven if all you want to do is hibernate in your home for a while. But moving into a new place and unpacking physically is only the first step: next up, you need to meet the neighbors and get to know your new area. Don’t be intimidated by the need to introduce yourself and meet new people, and instead, try out these helpful tips:

Invite Them Over

One of the best ways to get to know your neighbors and your area, is to have a neighborhood party! Everyone loves a good time, especially when it involves sharing food and drinks and having a chance to socialize. Choose a Saturday afternoon, and plan to host a neighborhood gathering. You can invite everyone through word of mouth, by putting up posters, making an event through Facebook, or simply talking to people that you see and inviting them to tell their local friends. From there, plan a few games for the kids (and adults!), set up some chairs and get ready to have a great time with your new neighbors!

Get Out in the Community

Unfortunately, sitting at home on the sofa doesn’t help you out much when it comes time to meet the neighbors or get to know the area around your home. The best way to do this is to get out there! Go for a walk, visit the local trails, take the kids to the community playground or walk down the street to the store. When you start to become more present in the neighborhood, not only will you get to know the area better and start seeing the people who live there, but they will also get to see you and start to recognize you as a new face in the community.

Participate in Events

While it is important to head out in the community to the park or for a walk, it is equally as important to take part in community events. Things such as local fairs and festivals, weekend markets, or special fundraiser events in the area all present a great chance for you to get involved, meet new people and better understand the heart and culture of the neighborhood where you are now living. Look up events on the community page online, or look for community boards such as at the library, corner store or even at the local supermarket.

Moving to a new place can be hard, and it is normal at first to feel like you don’t know anyone. But doing these things to put yourself out there, as well as speaking to an agent to make sure you find the right neighbourhood, is the best way to make your move easy and enjoyable.

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