North Americans do a lot of moving, and oftentimes that means getting used to a new neighborhood. We’ve all heard the good and the ugly about neighbor relations, so to keep you on the good side, here are 4 tips we hope will help you make the most of this relationship.
Introduce yourself! If possible get out to meet your new neighbors a day or two prior to move-in day. Inform them of your moving day so they can expect the trucks, movers, and typical moving hustle and bustle.
Exchange contact information. Once you are settled in your new home, you’ll have had several opportunities to say “hello” and gain a general opinion about your neighbors. If you feel comfortable, exchange contact information. This is the beginning of building trust in a relationship for both sides. In future, when you are out of town, you can feel confident you’ll be notified in the event any unforeseen issues arise at your property. Proceed carefully. It takes time to get to know people, but eventually if you have a neighbor you really trust, you can even exchange house keys to be used in emergency situations.
Throw a housewarming. When you plan your housewarming party, consider inviting your neighbors. It’s a great way to escalate great new friendships. Or be inclusive of the entire block and suggest a street BBQ to meet everyone. First impressions go a long way so keep the party family friendly!
Maintain your home. Nothing creates bad neighborhood karma like the one house on the street that stands out – in an unkempt way! Now that you’re acclimated to your surroundings, make the effort to maintain the appearance of your home. Try to keep your front and back yard clutter-free, make sure the lawn is mowed and shrubs and trees pruned. Remember to be courteous of your neighbor’s space and that any plants or bushes on your side of the fence don’t encroach on their property.
Follow these tips and soon your neighbors will be singing a familiar tune that you might remember from your childhood…
“I have always wanted to have a neighbor just like you, I’ve always wanted to live in a neighborhood with you.” (Mr. Rogers, 1967)
Photo courtesy of http://blog.history.pcusa.org/2013/02/11/remembering-mr-rogers/