Meet the Neighbours: How to Break the Ice When a New Family Moves in Next Door

    It’s always nice to see the good neighbourly relationships that are often exhibited on television. However, in real life it can often be a bit more difficult to develop a good dynamic with your neighbours and know more about them than what car they drive. If you’re interested in making friends with the new people in town, here are some ways you can easily break the ice with the family next door.

    Neighbors greeting each other over fence

    Take Everyone for a Walk

    If you happen to have a child or even a pet, they can be a great means of breaking the ice since they lack the inhibitions that we as adults possess. As children and dogs are almost always loved by everyone and get scores of attention, showing them off will likely lead to a few impromptu meet and greets with the neighbours. In addition, it’s a great way for your neighbour to learn a little bit more about you without even having to ask you any questions!

    Throw a Community Yard Sale

    People often have a lot of items to get rid of on a good day, so if your neighbours just moved in next door they may have a few things they’re not interested in unpacking and would rather just get rid of. Of course, even if your new neighbours don’t actually want to partake in the sale, they may still see it as a good opportunity to get out of the house, look at some garage sale items and meet some of the people next door.

    Get Involved with the Neighbourhood

    Not only is getting involved in your local community association a great idea for your neighbourhood, it’s also a great way to get out of the house and meet up with some of your neighbours to partake in events that will make your community a better place to live. You may be able to find out about clubs or organizations in your community through Meetup or even the city website, but if you can’t find anything, you might want to take the opportunity to start a neighbourhood organization on your own!

    Do It the Old Fashioned Way

    It might seem too simple but just walking over to someone’s house with a casserole or a tin of cookies can go a long way in getting to know your neighbours and making them feel welcome. Not only will you be able to introduce yourself and get to know them with a little bit of conversation, they’ll also likely see you as a bridge to the rest of the community and you may be able to help them make a home of their new house and give them many tips about the goings on in the neighbourhood.

    If you’re interested in getting to know some of your new neighbours, there are a lot of things you can do to make them feel welcome in their new community. Whether you choose to go right up and knock on their door or start a local club for your neighbourhood, there’s no doubt that your actions might just be the gateway to a new friendship and a healthy, integrated community.

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