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Meeting Your Neighbors After a Move

Meeting new people, especially neighbors, can be tough and even a little awkward. Breaking the ice doesn’t come naturally to most people. You may also feel so busy after your move that you think you just don’t have time to hang around and get to know everyone.

Thankfully, there are some easy ways to introduce yourself that will take a lot of the pressure off. If you aren’t sure where to start, try the tips below. Meeting your neighbors after a move can be simple and definitely doesn’t need to be awkward.

Two hands interlocked in a handshake in front of a house

Spend Time Outside

The best way to casually run into your neighbors is to spend time outside. Whether it’s gardening in the front yard, washing your car, sitting on your front porch or taking a walk through the neighborhood, being outside will give you the opportunity to connect with other neighbors who are outside and show that you are open to interacting. Regular walks through the neighborhood are especially proactive. Not only will you get a chance to meet more people, but you’ll also become more familiar with your new community.

Keep It Short and Sweet

Not sure what to say to neighbors when you do run into them? The best plan of action is to keep it short and sweet if you find the conversation isn’t flowing easily. Introduce yourself and see if you can find some common interest, such as talking about pets if you both are walking your dogs. If nothing comes to mind, you can always fall back on talking about the community itself and ask what’s going on in town. Don’t put too much pressure on the interaction. A quick, friendly introduction is better than nothing.

Join Your HOA Board

If your neighborhood has a Homeowners Association, joining the board is a great way to meet your neighbors after a move and get involved in the community at the same time. Learn about the rules and regulations first, then start attending meetings. It will also show your fellow neighbors that you care about the neighborhood.

Woman showing a diagram of walking paths at an HOA meeting

Participate in Community Activities

Check out the local activities that are available nearby, whether it’s at your community clubhouse or somewhere in town. Getting involved will show that you’re friendly and give you several opportunities to meet people. Plus, you’ll already have something in common because of the activity you both chose to partake in.

Host a Party

If you like to entertain, hosting a housewarming party is a great way to meet your neighbors after a move. There isn’t a lot of pressure in this environment because everyone can mingle, and it gives you a chance to meet a lot of people at one time. If you don’t want to host it at your house, consider taking part in a block party instead.

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Hire a White Glove Mover

One of the best reasons to hire a white glove moving company like Megan’s Moving is to take advantage of unpacking and settling in services. Rather than spending all of your time after a move stuck inside your house, unpacking and getting things set up, allow us to do the work for you. Our specially trained movers can hang TVs, artwork, curtains, and more. This will free you up to spend quality time in your new community so that meeting your neighbors after a move can be a relaxed and pleasant experience. Contact us for a free quote today.

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