Once the move is over and you have settled into the new apartment take your time to adjust to the new environment. Although you will probably remain in touch with the old neighbors and dearest friends from the previous neighborhood, your new neighbors can make your transition more pleasant and easier. Furthermore, knowing your neighbors will make you feel like part of a community. It is very important to make a good impression on the new neighbors, but there’s always a dilemma about how to make the first step. Some people are shy, while others are concerned about neighbor’s privacy.
Let’s start with a moving day. Although you still don’t know your new neighbors, don’t hesitate to notify them in case of any inconvenience that can affect their daily routine somehow. Parking properly and not making much noise could be very considerate from your end. Also, they might be interested in getting to know you, but will probably think that you are too busy with moving to be bothered with some unexpected visits.
Getting to know new neighbors might take some time. Newcomers are usually overwhelmed with moving, unpacking, arranging the new home and starting with new jobs or schools that they don’t really find time to greet people next door. It is very important to form positive relationship with the people who live around by following our guidelines:
– Spend some time outside in shared, common areas, like front yard, porch, balcony, neighborhood park, city bench. At the same time you will do your regular activities and greet people passing by, which will probably lead to conversation.
– Attend neighborhood events. Find out where your neighbors usually gather and introduce yourself properly without being invasive.
– Depending on your interests or hobbies join a local club.
– Offer some help. Find a local organization which shares your interests and offer your assistance. That way you will get involved and people will notice you.
– Children and pets are always convenient reason to strike up conversation with the neighbors. This could be an opportunity to talk about local schools, playgrounds, dog parks, vets,…
– Throw a housewarming party. Organize the party at the new home and invite your new neighbors, who will appreciate being included. Whether you are organizing an afternoon get-together or a party, it is a good occasion for you to start hanging out with your neighbors and for your children to meet their peers. you can also invite your old friends if they live nearby.
Help your kids adapt after the move
Kids are likely to be confused or upset after the move. Do anything you can to make them feel comfortable in the new surroundings and make the transition easier on them.
– While the kids are usually shy in front of unknown people, you can ask around and find out if there are children in your new neighborhood.
– Find more information about the school system in the area. Choose the most suitable school for your children.
– Visit local parks and playgrounds, which are a perfect place to meet parents and their children.
– Organize an afternoon party for the kids from the school and neighborhood.
– Visit children stores nearby.
– Find out more information about local activities. There are probably education center, recreation center or community club.
New neighbors can help you adapt and get acquainted with the new home more quickly. Be ready to make the first step and approach them when you think it is a right moment. Both you and your neighbors are probably very busy, but always have time for a polite short talk at least.