Whether you're moving across town or across the country, setting up house into a new neighborhood can be a little intimidating, kind of like when you crash a stranger's birthday party and everyone's all, Who are those people over by the wall? All eyes are on you, and chances are, some of your new neighbors--like Gladys Kravitz across the street--already know a little about you from little chats with the realtor.
Breaking the ice and taking the initiative to meet your new neighbors can hard, especially if you aren't the most outgoing fish in the pond. Here are four painless ways to put yourself out there and meet the people you'll be living among for the foreseeable future.
Dallas TX residential movers IMS Relocation knows that a move is often hardest on the kids. Helping the little ones--or even the teenagers--find a neighborhood pack to join can also help you meet some of the neighbors in your new community.
Whenever you see potential playmates for your kids in the 'hood, make a point to meet them and introduce them to your own little ones. If they're playing in the front yard, you might even knock on the door and introduce yourself to the parents.
On the other hand, you may not be one for knocking on strangers' doors, in which case you'll at least want your new neighbors to know that you're not opposed to them knocking on your door. Wave and smile at your neighbors when the opportunity arises so they'll know you're friendly. Put a nice wreath on your front door as a sign of welcoming, and spend some time outside in the front yard, tossing a ball with your kid or digging up bulbs so that the neighbors have the opportunity to casually stop by while they're walking the dog.
Etiquette darling Emily Post recommends throwing a casual housewarming party and inviting at least your next-door neighbors and those who live across the street. It can be a casual affair--a backyard barbecue, an open house with a few hors d'oeuvres, watching the game on the big-screen TV in the garage.
If your neighborhood has a Neighborhood Watch program or a neighborhood association, join the ranks of members to help you meet those you share the street with. Participate in block parties, charity drives, holiday light displays, and other neighborhood activities that will provide the opportunity to meet your new neighbors and show them that you're happy to get involved.
If you're still having trouble, give it some time. Eventually, the opportunity will arise for you to meet your new neighbors in turn, and before you know it, you'll be welcomed into the fold as though you've lived there for years.