Last Updated: January 16, 2023, 12:34 IST
Shifting to a new place and moving into your new home is an exciting experience. With newfound joy and happiness, there are also qualms about starting over from scratch. There is also the pressure of interacting with your new neighbours and maintaining a cordial relationship with them. Building a strong bond with the new community in your neighbourhood will make you feel safer and you will be able to help each other in times of need. If you are shifting to a new residence or have already moved to your new home, here are a few tips to cultivate friendly relations with your new neighbours.
Greet with a smile:
Offering your welcoming smile and maintaining eye contact with your new neighbours is one of the best methods to make a positive first impression. Wave at them to make them believe that you’re a friendly person and are prepared to get to know them better. Make it a habit to greet your neighbours with a warm smile and interact affectionately with children. Another crucial indicator of whether you are open or closed to relationships is your body language.
Keep your house and surrounding neat:
You must keep your new house, including the outside premises, tidy. Make necessary repairs if needed. Colouring your home and the surrounding area will make your property more attractive and welcoming. Also, allow your neighbours to walk past your property freely by avoiding parking vehicles on the sidewalk. Trim your lawn margins, and yard bushes and dispose of waste at least once every week.
Try being more helpful:
You can even make a good impression on your neighbours by offering a modest bit of assistance. When they are out of town, assist them by cutting their lawn grass, picking up their packages, keeping their mail, or even alerting them of any suspicious activity near their home. You may perform a few duties for the elderly folk in the area, like moving their trash cans or shovelling snow, among others.
Throw housewarming party:
One of the best ways to forge a friendly relationship with your neighbours is by throwing a housewarming party. Invite them to your home and have a meal, sharing small details about each other’s life including one’s profession, how many family members you all have, what you all like to do on weekends, if you all love pets, and others alike. A small gathering can be organised with a few refreshments, snacks, and fast food, along with some soft music to meet some of your neighbours and have fun.
Maintain personal space:
Don’t be too over-friendly while interacting with your neighbours. Respect your as well as your next-door neighbour’s personal space. Avoid disturbing them at odd hours, if it is not an emergency, and do not spy on them as it will make you seem more suspicious. If you find your neighbour is not comfortable in sharing some details about your life or participating in any community event, do not force them.
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