January 07, 2021 at 9:03am | BBHST Admin

By Kyle Spearin

When you move to a new neighborhood, it is completely normal to feel like an outsider. Even though you live there, you might not know anyone, which can be awkward. Fortunately, there are plenty of things that you can do to meet your fellow neighbors and show that you are a wonderful addition to the area. In this post, we will discuss what you can do to be a great neighbor and establish yourself within a local community.

Introduce Yourself

Most people prefer to know their neighbors. It is simply more of a comfort to know the people who are living around you and seeing you on a daily basis. For this reason, it is important to introduce yourself to your neighbors. It can do so much to simply walk over and say hello to your neighbors when you move in. If this seems a bit awkward or you haven’t met them yet due to scheduling conflicts, it can be nice to introduce yourself with a card or letter. A simple act like this can make your neighbors a lot more comfortable with you and might even lead to great friendships!

Always Smile and Wave

Everyone knows the feeling of having that one cold and distant neighbor. You can avoid being this person by simply offering up a greeting. Don’t be the person who always ignores their neighbors. Instead, take the time to offer a greeting any time you see them. It might mean simply waving over from a distance or yelling a quick “hello” on your way out, but it can make you seem like a much better neighbor. It’s always polite to acknowledge the people around you, so make sure you do it when you can.

Get Involved In The Local Community

Getting involved in your local community can help you to meet new people in the area and better serve your neighborhood. Whether it is volunteering for local events or for a specific organization, you will find that this is a great way to meet neighbors. People are always shocked to learn how close the people at these events live. It can be great for making friends or even networking, so don’t miss out on your chance to get involved!

When you head out, keep an eye out for local events or drives. This is an excellent way to get involved in community events, which can help you to find your place in the local area. Connect with your neighbors by working alongside them. You will find that this can make your new neighborhood feel a lot more like a home!

Offer Help If A Neighbor Is In Need

A neighbor in need should never struggle. If you see your neighbor struggling with something and you know you can help, it is always nice to offer assistance. Do you see your neighbor struggling to carry something heavy? Are they trying to catch their dog that got loose? Helping your neighbors to overcome a problem can really win them over. It shows that you care and you value their well-being, which is a nice sentiment to share.

Helping a neighbor doesn’t just mean waiting for the moment when they visibly need help. Sometimes it means offering your help during a conversation. If you find that they are struggling with something that you can help with, it is always nice to offer your support. Maybe they want to try a new recipe but aren’t a great cook and you can help with that. Perhaps they are trying a new DIY project and you have experience with it. Offer up your help to show them that you are there for them. It can help to really solidify neighborly bonds.

Lend Them Tools If They Are Struggling

Most people pick up tools as they need them and a lot of us make do with what we have. If you see that your neighbor has taken on a new project and doesn’t have the right tools, it is always nice to offer to lend them yours. Do you have a weed tool that can help expedite their process? Teach them how to use it. Are they struggling with a wrench when something else would be more appropriate? Help them out. Sharing is caring, even as adults. They will remember that time you helped them out when they needed it.

Keep Your Home In Good Order

Good neighbors keep the neighborhood looking sharp. This means that in order to be a good neighbor, you need to keep your home in order. No one wants to live next to a house with a poorly managed yard or horrible color of paint. Make sure that your house is as nice as the others in the area and put in the work to keep it that way. You will find that it is well worth it in the end. You don’t want to be the neighbor that is bringing down the value of the neighborhood, so keep your house in good order.

Introduce Your Kids and Pets

The average person seeks out connections with those around them. If you have kids or pets, you are at a great point to make connections. Introducing your kids or pets can really go a long way in helping you to find your sense of community. Maybe your child is a good age to play with other kids in the neighborhood or your dog needs a buddy down at the local dog park. These little similarities can really bring people together, so don’t hesitate to make these introductions. This is also a great way to set up playdates and other fun events that will bring your community closer in the end.

Final Thoughts

Always remember that everyone was the “new” neighbor at some point. You will be able to find your place in your neighborhood by being helpful and friendly to those around you, so remember to always extend a helping hand!



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