You are in a new neighborhood. This means you are in a new community. You will need to have the effort to find your place and fit in. Of course, you will also need to befriend your neighbors. That way, you will be able to have peace and respect for each other. You will also have someone you can trust in case of an emergency. Also, your social life will definitely be great within your home.
For you to be able to befriend your neighbors, you will have to make the impression. How will that be?
1. Always Greet and Smile
No matter and whoever you passed by, greet them. You can have a small talk with them and have the opportunity to get to know them and also introduce yourself. If you think they are busy, that does not mean you will ignore them. You can wave and greet them, hello to show your friendliness.
2. Check Out the Community
Surely, your neighborhood will have groceries, salons, coffee shops, etc. You will need to go see these places. The main reason would be to familiarize yourself with the neighborhood and to know if something you need is there. Another reason is to know more about people. You will know who are the ones that have their own business and you will also know about the employees. You will also be familiar with the regulars around and you will be able to bond over the same interests.
3. Join a Club or Group
Another way to know people with the same interests as you are looking and joining clubs or groups. If you are interested in sports, there might be a variety available in your neighborhood. Others may include book club or crafting. This way, you will have friends that you can exchange ideas with. You will also be able to learn something because of that.
You can even make your own. There was a book series that is intended for children called The Baby-Sitters Club. The plot involves having a club wherein parents will just call if they would need a babysitter and instead of being frantic in finding, they will just call one place. It will be a great idea to have something like that too. It could be playgroups for kids or pet sitters or gardening. Anything that will be helping your neighborhood.
Aside from greeting your neighbors, another way to break the ice with them is complimenting them. It could be their dogs or their garden or even what they are wearing that day. You will be able to start a small talk with that. You will make them feel good and show your interest to know more about them.
5. Invite or Be Invited
For you to get to know more about your neighbors and make connections, go ahead and invite for dinner. This is to show that they are welcome to your home even if you are still new. If the tables are turned, and you are the one that is invited, accept it to show your interest and also to appreciate their welcome.