If you've recently moved to a new neighborhood or city, you might not know any of your neighbors. That will eventually change as you settle in, but you can speed up the process by taking matters into your own hands…
- If you see a neighbor out and about, don't hesitate to approach them. Introduce yourself and make a little light conversation about what it's like living in the building/neighborhood and things to do in the area.
- Familiarize yourself with local organizations and clubs in which you have an interest. It'll be a way to get involved in your new community and meet a lot of people.
- Once you have your place set up, you might feel like showing it off. Don't limit your open house guest list to old friends and family. Consider inviting a few of your new neighbors. Keep it casual and not too long. Be sure it's clear that gifts are not expected, but rather the occasion is a meet and greet, a chance to socialize and get acquainted.
- Shop local. This might start as simple as shopping at the local farmer's market instead of the supermarket across town. You're sure to meet others who are invested in the community by supporting local businesses.
How have you met neighbors when you're the new one in town? Do you go out of your way or do you let things take their natural course?
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