Connecting with your new neighbors doesn’t have to be a daunting task. This from our MIG blog are some simple tips to get you started.
You’ll likely see your neighbors as you leave for work, come home at night or take your dog for a walk. When you do, be sure to smile and say hello. It’s the best way to break the ice. If you see that your neighbor has some time to chat, introduce yourself and ask the other person’s name.
Ask for Advice
There is hardly a person alive who doesn’t enjoy dispensing advice. What is more, if you’re new in the neighborhood, chances are you could use help in the following areas:
- Recommendations of good restaurants in the local area
- Questions about homeowner association rules
- Directions to a local spot you aren’t familiar with
- Recommendations for local repairman such as HVAC technicians, plumbers, roofers, pooper scoopers, etc.
- Pros and cons of public/private schools in your new neighborhood
Host an Event
Host an event at your home as a way to get your new neighbors to stop by. It can be as simple as having a yard sale of items that you no longer need. Parents can offer short play dates that can be extended in length if both parties wish. A simple “moving-in” party can work wonders as well.
Is there a local park in your neighborhood? If so, hang out there and strike up conversations with other people who may be around.
The idea of knocking on a stranger’s door and offering baked goods may be old-fashioned but it’s still one of the best ways to meet your new neighbors. Your baked goods don’t have to be gourmet; it’s the thought that counts. What’s more, you’d be hard pressed to find anyone who doesn’t appreciate receiving free treats.
MIG is a mortgage company that not only offers extensive financial information for new home buyers but also practical tips on moving homes, maintaining your home, keeping a house safe and much more. Check out our blog to discover more helpful homeowner tips and tricks or contact one of our loan officers to learn more about obtaining a mortgage loan or refinancing an existing one.