Being a homeowner can feel like a big responsibility at times, it is important to remember how fun it is to own a home and be part of a neighborhood. Becoming a good neighbor and developing good relationships with those who live next door is essential to having a positive experience in your home. It helps you look forward to coming home and is also a proven way to deter crime, vandalism, and theft in your community. Here are some suggestions to get to know your neighbors better:
When someone new moves onto the block bring them a gift, or offer to help move some boxes or heavy furniture for them. A good welcoming gift is a pineapple, which symbolizes warmth, welcome, hospitality, and friendship. You can also bake some goodies, or bring them a plant. Don’t forget to give them a note with your name, number, and address on it so that it can help remind them who you are when things settle down and they can refer to it in the future. It also is a good idea for you to write down their name and number so that you don’t forget it the next time you see them.
If you have lived in the neighborhood for awhile and even if you have made several friends, throwing a block party is a great way to get to know people better. Bring out a BBQ or two, grill some hot-dogs and have neighbors bring a side and drinks. You can set up lawn chairs and keep things casual while having a good time together.
Connecting with neighbors on social media is a great way to be neighborly. Some neighborhoods have social media groups on Facebook or Nextdoor where you can communicate and get to know people in your neighborhood exclusively.
Look Out For Each Other
Picking up a newspaper that didn’t quite make it on the walkway or a setting up a garbage can that has fallen over is a great way to watch out for your neighbors. The more familiar you are with your neighbors the better you can stay safe and the more fun being a homeowner is!