Our REALTORS® know a lot about the neighborhoods they serve, but one thing they can't do is help you meet the neighbors. Getting to know your neighbors is a good way to get connected in your new community, and it helps you feel settled and more at home. Everyone wants good neighbors, and while you may not become best friends (though many do!), you'll want to make things as easy on everyone as possible. Here's how to get your relationship off to a good start.
- Take the initiative. You don't have to wait for your new neighbors to introduce themselves to you. You can be proactive and make it a priority to meet them. Putting yourself out there can be a little scary at first but being comfortable around people you plan to live around for years to come is a necessity.
- Do something outside. Especially in the spring, people want to get out and enjoy the fresh air, clean up the yard, and plant the garden. Your neighbors are likely to be outside too, so take the opportunity to start a friendly conversation.
- Arrange a playdate. If you have kids, chances are it won't take long to figure out where the other kids on your street are. Get the kiddos and their parents together for a play date in the yard or at the local playground. This can be a good way for them to get to know others that will likely attend the same school.
- Throw a party. Give the neighbors a little notice and invite them over to socialize. If the weather is good, an outdoor party is always fun. And if a few of your neighbors show up, others are likely to see all the fun and join in.
- Have a yard sale. If you didn't get a chance to go through everything before you moved or you find you don't need some of the things you thought you would, having a yard sale is bound to attract the neighbors. Organizing a multi-household sale would work too.
- Walk the dog. You'll want to get your four-legged friends familiar with the new neighborhood, and it's a good opportunity for you too. You'll meet other dog walkers, people passing by, and others outside in their yards.
- Ask a few questions about the neighborhood. If you need an excuse to start a conversation with your neighbors, ask about some of the day-to-day need-to-knows about the neighborhood: When's garbage pickup? Is there a good coffee shop nearby? Are there any community events coming up you should go to? Knowing what's going on can help you find a sense of belonging in your new neighborhood, and you may find some neighbors with common interests.
- Get involved in the community. It can help you feel like a part of your new town, you'll meet people, and you may even have an opportunity to do some good too. You can get involved with charity or volunteer organizations, church groups, join a rec league sports team, or the local animal shelter. Even just joining an exercise or art class can help you meet new people and make friends with similar interests.
Getting to know your new neighbors doesn't have to be difficult. You'll discover a variety of different neighborhoods among Ashland homes for sale, so you're sure to find somewhere you'll feel right at home. And Haring Realty can help. Contact us today to get your home search started.