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May 20, 2024

How to Get to Know Your New Neighborhood

Moving to a new home is such an exciting time – it's like a fresh start! Once you've unpacked all those boxes, hung up your pictures, and settled in, how do you take the next step in making yourself feel right at home?

Meeting new people in your area can lead to some exciting friendships. While some folks find it easy to get out and socialize, others might need a little push. If you’re in the latter group, here are a few suggestions for building connections in your new neighborhood.

Get outside. Be visible.

Engage in activities like washing your car in the driveway, working in the garden, walking the dog, playing with your kids outside, or sitting on the porch. As you see people, greet them and introduce yourself. They are likely curious about the new residents in the neighborhood, just as you are about them.

Don’t wait for invitations to meet your neighbors

Take the initiative and plan an open house or casual get-together. When guests arrive, make sure to have some personal items on display that can spark conversations, like family photos or items that reflect your interests. This way, you're not just waiting for others to approach you but actively creating opportunities to connect.

Join a local club

Discovering an organization that resonates with your passions can lead to meaningful connections with individuals who share similar interests. Each organization offers a unique opportunity to engage with like-minded people and further cultivate your interests.


No matter where you are, many organizations rely on volunteers—the local animal shelter, senior center, library, hospital, school, church, or non-profit organizations. Contact them and offer your help.

Explore local attractions 

Exploring a new place in your neighborhood at least once a week can be a great way to discover hidden gems and become more familiar with your surroundings. Consider trying out a local restaurant or café and conversing with the staff to learn more about the area. Taking your child or dog to a nearby park can also be an excellent opportunity to connect with other residents and potentially make new friends. These activities not only help you to understand your neighborhood better but also allow you to immerse yourself in the community and its unique offerings.

Get to know the people and places in your neighborhood to feel at home in a new area. Soon, you'll be the resident guiding newcomers to the neighborhood! 

Kelly & Megan
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