Moving to a new place carries its own set of challenges and tasks.
Even after you have settled in, new obstacles are likely to arise.
If you're more of an introvert, you might need some help when it comes to meeting your new neighbors. To find some helpful tips, make sure to check out our guide!
Why it's hard for you to meet your new neighbors
There's more than one reason why this would be challenging for someone.
First, you've just moved in. While there are easier ways to relocate, your move might have been difficult and exhausting. Feeling this way, you might not want to talk to anyone at this moment.
Or, you might be in a stage of your life when you don't really enjoy meeting new people.
No matter what the reason is, it's perfectly alright, there's no need to beat yourself up over this. Instead, read our tips and see which of them seem like something you can do.
Smile and wave
This is sometimes all that it takes; it’s as simple as that.
Meeting your neighbors doesn't have to include your introduction, how you decided to move here, etc. Right now, maybe you're tired, or your hands are full, literally.
Instead of thinking about throwing a housewarming party as soon as you unpack and create order in your home, just smile and wave to your neighbors when you see them. It allows you to take things at your own pace. The neighbors will pick up your intention, and sometimes, that's all it takes for a good first impression.
If you want to talk, and you think the feeling is mutual, start the conversation. Let them know that you've moved in and let the conversation flow naturally. Remember, you'll be able to pick up where you left off the next time you see them.
If you see that your neighbor needs help, offer some. Who wouldn't appreciate a helping hand?
They might need a tool that you can provide, or an extra pair of hands to carry something. This way, you'll establish yourself as a person who's willing to help.
And of course, this is a great opportunity to talk to your neighbor and get to know them.
Ask for Help
You might think that it's not the best thing to ask for help from people you don't know.
You don't have to ask them to help you carry your sofa to your apartment, but you can ask to borrow a tool you need to assemble your furniture. And of course, let them know that they can count on you should they ever need something.
Your neighbors will appreciate the offer and could start the relationship on the right foot.
One of the ways to start a conversation is to ask your neighbor a question.
You might need to know about a park where you can take your dog for a walk or a place to go out on Saturday night. These questions can help you develop a bond with your neighbors more quickly, since people usually like to help and share their opinions on topics they're familiar with.
Allow Your Neighbors to Meet You
There's a lot to do after moving in. But at some point, after you're done unpacking your boxes, you need to get out of the house.
There isn't much of a chance that a neighbor will come knocking on your door. So even if you are working from home, try to spend some time outside.
Give your neighbors the opportunity to meet you and try to express the desire to meet them. For example, instead of reading a book on your sofa, sit on the porch instead.
Even if you live in an apartment, there are plenty of opportunities to introduce yourself – parking lot, amenities, hallways, garage, etc.
There is even this idea of knocking on doors and greeting one another.
If you've baked some cookies, even better. There's no reason for anyone to reject delicious cookies by a polite neighbors who have come for a friendly chat.
Throw a Housewarming Party
To throw a housewarming party, you'll need to unpack all of your boxes and clean your house. Don't worry about everything being in perfect order, as everyone knows that you've just moved in.
When you're done unpacking, invite your neighbors over. Prepare some snacks and drinks, and more importantly, create a warm and welcoming atmosphere.
Mingle and make sure you talk to everyone. Try to give each person enough time and a chance to connect with you.
If you have some reservations about moving, it might be the right time to address this.
Maybe you feel the people are different from what you're used to, or you feel nostalgic about your old home. Maybe you’ve had a bad experience with a noisy roommate, and you feel skeptical about new neighbors. Either way, keep in mind this is a matter of perspective. And the perspective that will serve you best is to look at this as a new beginning.
Give this new beginning a chance. Be open for opportunities that will arise and the people this experience will involve.
Be excited about what comes next and try to enjoy the place you're at. This can make your beginning here something to be happy about. Also, choosing this kind of perspective will be noticed by the people around you.
When you're joyful and open, it shows. Your posture and your facial expressions can convey a lot about you and your feelings. It's enough to have an honest smile on your face when you meet your new neighbors.
Focus on making this a pleasant experience for you, and your neighbors will inevitably want to be a part of your journey.