Moving to a new home can be an intimidating experience. You won’t know where anything is, or who anyone is. And we all know how difficult it can be to make friends.
Luckily, almost every home bought and sold comes with friends: your neighbors.
Making friends and getting off of the right foot with the neighbors can make the moving process less stressful and more fun for the entire family, and there are lots of opportunities to do just that. Here are some ideas to make meeting the new neighbors easier.
Visit Your Child’s New School
Moving can be particularly stressful for kids. They are leaving everything they know, and may have ever known, behind and entering a new school. It can be really scary.
You can ease the stress for you and your child by scheduling a visit to their new school. You do not have to wait until the first day of school to meet your child’s teachers and their new classmates – just call ahead and schedule a time for a visit.
While you are there, you can talk to the other parents as they pick up and drop off their kids. Your child will get a chance to make new friends, and you can get to meet your new neighbors.
Host a Neighborhood Dinner
Hosting a dinner might be the last thing on your mind while unpacking and settling in to your new home. But cooking a meal for the neighbors is a great way to introduce yourself. Cook up your favorite meal, or even order takeout and pretend you cooked all of the food (we won’t tell).
You can also meet the new neighbors by attending local neighborhood events. Just watch for flyers and ask around for some opportunities. Be sure to bring your favorite covered dish – and your best smile.
Head to the Local Coffee Shop
If your neighborhood has a coffee shop nearby (which it probably does), chances are people will be hanging out there. Introduce yourself to the locals as you get your morning cup of coffee or enjoy your favorite pastry.
Your new neighbors will appreciate your friendly manner, and you can meet some great new friends this way. Your kids can make lots of new friends as well, so bring them along when you stop on the way to school.
These are just a few ways to introduce you and your family to your new neighbors, and make friends in the process.