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How to Meet Your Neighbors in 3 Simple Steps

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How do you meet your neighbors after moving to a new home? Once things are unpacked and put away and your life is somewhat back to normal, it's time to focus on building your life outside your four walls. Building a closer, tighter community helps people feel more secure in their neighborhood.

Even if you're naturally social, meeting the neighbors can be a daunting task. Here are three simple steps you can use to ease into social situations and get to know the people around you.

1. Get Out Front

Your neighbors may be ready to break the ice for you - given the right opportunity. If they see you outside doing yard work, sitting on the porch, walking the dog, etc., they may stop by to introduce themselves. This method is probably the least-stressful approach, as you're relying on everyone to come to you on their own time.

The key to success is to make sure you're open to all the different ways you might get approached in this manner, and to follow up with anyone you connect with. For example, you may suggest a time when you could walk the neighborhood with your new neighbors and see it through their eyes.

2. Host a Housewarming Party

Sometimes, the best way to meet everyone is to invite them over at the same time and make a party out of it! Decide what kind of party you want it to be, and be very clear in the invitations if there will be alcohol present (this is especially important in neighborhoods with children). As this will be the first time you will be meeting most of your neighbors, it's recommended to keep things fairly informal and light - think appetizers and wine rather than big meals and hard liquor. Create some quick invitations and drop them in your neighbors' mailboxes or, better yet, hand-deliver them. (You are trying to get to know people, after all.)

3. Join the Community

Different neighborhoods have different associations, and it can be hard to find the one that fits your needs. Ask around, or check the town office or library for a list of groups in which you might meet neighbors and make new friends. Even joining a club or class can introduce you to locals you might not run into otherwise.

The experts at Coldwell Banker Rizzo Mattson can help ease the transition into a new home. Contact us today.

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