When you move into a new community, neighborhood, or building, it’s a good idea to get to know who your neighbors are. Knowing your neighbors, and being familiar with your surroundings can provide a safer environment for you and your family besides building some new relationships that can last a lifetime.
There are many different ways to get to know your neighbors, the first one is as direct as it gets, and that is personally going over to them and introducing yourself. It’s always a nice idea to bring a small token (cookies, candy, jam, bread, etc) to break the ice. You don’t need to do the whole neighborhood in one day, but pick a day during the week (for maybe your first month) and get to know everyone.
Another way to meet your neighbors is host an open house, host a house party, or back yard party. Have everyone bring a dish, or bring a drink; keep it casual. You can also do this at a local park, if you don’t want to do it in your home; it’s an easy way to get to know everyone around you.
The other way is less direct, but it also helps you observe your surroundings, and slowly get to know your neighbors by spending more time outside in the front yard versus your back yard. You can get to know what time your neighbors leave, come home, who has kids, who doesn’t, etc. Make sure to wave hello , goodbye, and when you are ready to have a conversation, try not to approach your neighbor if they are just coming home or leaving-they too have an agenda, so choose your time wisely.
When meeting new neighbors, some general rules of thumb, don’t approach them when they are coming or going.
Keep the conversation short-do not give them your whole life in one sitting.
Be polite, if you find you have nothing in common, talk about the block, neighborhood, shake a hand and walk away.
By getting to know your surroundings, you will know who you can turn to in case of emergency, and maybe find a friend with some common ground.