Create a first impression in your new neighborhood?
On settling down in your new home after the move, the next thing you should do is to create a good belief about you in your new neighborhood. When you decide to avoid or stay away from your community, the situation would become unpleasant for you. Meeting a new community is almost like having a new adventure and it can be hard as well. Finding new neighbors and getting introduced to them helps you to create long lasting friendships in your community.
Building a strong relationships at your new neighborhood would be more safe for you, as you’ll have a great network of caring people. Hence, try to meet new people and cultivate better relationships to bring familiarity around your neighborhood.
Below given are some great tips or ideas to make your first good impression successful and to build friendly relationships.
Keep your property and surroundings clean
The first impression you should make with the people living in your new neighborhood is by maintaining your property well. Keep your new home and it’s outsides very clean. Maintain your property in better condition and perform repair works, if anything is left untouched. Keep the appearance of your property looking good by applying colors for your house and the surroundings.
As your neighbors would spend time on going by your property, ensure that, you make easy for them to pass by. Avoid parking your car in the sidewalk, as it blocks the way for your neighbors to have a walk. Trim your garden shrubbery and the grass edges to keep the surrounding of your properly appear neat.
Sweep up the gathered wastes and rubbish around your property, at least once a week. Plant shade trees between the street and the sidewalk, to help pedestrians take a break. Plant some flowers around your house, as they could be viewed from the sidewalk. Keep garden benches near the side walk for elderly neighbors to take rest during a walk.
Meet your new neighbors and greet them
One of the good ways to create a first impression of you is by offering your warm smile and by having straight eye contacts with your new neighbors. Wave them and show them that you are friendly and ready to establish a relationship. Make it as a habit to greet your new people in your community.
Body language is another essential thing that indicates, whether you are closed or open for a relationship. When your arms are crossed, people naturally think that you are not interested and do not want to be bothered as well. But, when your shoulders come back, arms and legs are open, it is believed that you are easily approachable and open.
Introduce yourself and start a conversation
Spend a few minutes to get introduced to your neighbors and you don’t have to go around your neighborhood for this. But, you should take some time to introduce yourself and to start a conversation with them. For instance, when you are moving in, introduce yourself to your nearby neighbors, by approaching them with an apology about causing more noise during your relocation process.
On the other hand, when you watch any new neighbor moving into your nearby property, approach them to introduce yourself and to provide them some help for moving their goods into their house. As most people have a difficult time remembering the faces and names of their neighbors, try to remember their names better by repeating it for few times.
Organize a housewarming or greet party
Host a housewarming party or a neighborhood meet at your home. Invite as many neighbors as possible from the community for your party and there is no need of conducting a huge or a longer meet. With few refreshments, snacks, fast food and with some soft music, a perfect party can be hosted to find some of your neighbors and to have some fun as well.
Be helpful and friendly
You can even impress your neighbors by being helpful in a small way, which could make a great impact. Help them by offering hands to cut grass, receiving their packages, picking up their mail, informing them about any suspicious activities near their house, etc, when they are out of town. If you are healthy enough to help your elderly neighbors with their tasks, you might do few tasks such as moving their garbage bins, shoveling the snow, etc.
If you have any leftover materials from any of your home development or moving projects, ask your neighbors, if they need those supplies, instead of throwing them away. Visit or call your neighbors to check how they are doing, at least once in two weeks, particularly, if they are sick or they stay alone.
Compliment your neighbors
This is one of the easiest ways to make a good impression with your neighbors, as people like to hear things nice about them. Making a small compliment, initiates the feeling of appreciation and it would create a nice response and shows that you are very much interested in them.
Offer them with simple gifts like, a plate of housewarming cookies, your garden fruits or vegetables or a simple greeting card for welcoming your neighbors. Providing simple or small gifts makes more sense and it could mean a lot to them.
Be kind and gracious
Another easy method to create a great impression is by showing genuine kindness and there is no other replacement for it. The best way to you can show this by putting your neighbor first in all things. Also think regarding the ways, you can help them and express your kindness wherever possible. This habit makes your relationship more stronger and long lasting.
Connect with your community
Get involved in your local community
Another way to create a good impression is to meet your neighbors and get involved in their local activities. This might include, running with a jogging team, joining the neighborhood watch and if your neighborhood has a meetup center to stop by, consider visiting them frequently. Find any local establishments or a local coffee shop in your neighborhood to meet new people and spend your free time.
Get details of the neighborhood watch, national safety directory, list of contact numbers of local services, and your neighbors as well. Know about your favorite restaurants, library, shopping malls, theatres, local gym, etc, available around your neighborhood.
If possible, bring your kids to the local park and allow them to play with other kids in your neighborhood. Join any book club, local club or a sports club to meet new neighbors and make new friends.
Find your neighbors through online community
Online community is a vast network in the world and the social media plays a very powerful part in connecting your friends, relatives, neighbors and even strangers. Social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, etc, helps you to connect with other people in your community, who possess similar involvements. Search by your community events and local groups to find your neighbors of your community.
Sometimes, neighborhoods would’ve created their group pages on Facebook and those can act as options for community members to have contacts and share essential updates about them. When your neighborhood community has a page on a Facebook group, send a joining request, to join in your community.
Be courageous and take initiatives
Be bold and take your own decisions rather than waiting for other person or chance to arrive to you in your community. Attend local events, clubs and volunteer yourself to show them that you need to be an active part of your neighborhood. You can spend your time to help them arrange or host for an event in your home. Find out where the help is required and take individual initiative to get involved in the community.
Manage conflicts and respect their privacy
Disagreements and conflicts can occur, but, that don’t have to end badly. Never make a complaint about your neighbor to the head of associations or by calling the police, for any issue. This leads only to a dispute and it will fuel the fire. You should be friendly with your neighbors for all kind of reasons.
It’s good to meet your neighbor directly with any type of concern and try to show some civility and grace during the conversation. Always ask your neighbor that there is anything you can do to help them or keep their lives happier. This habit of yours can avert any disputative feelings and develop a peaceful relationship between you both.
All neighbors in your neighborhood are not the same, as some are very friendly and some are not. If you know that your neighbors are introverts or private people, respect their privacy and just smile, when you meet them outside. It’s also good to respect the boundaries with your friendly neighbors and never take advantage of their relationship.
Be aware of your own activity or impact on the neighbors in your community. When you host loud parties and have frequent guests, let them know regarding the activity, ahead of time. Don’t allow your neighbors to think that you frequently organize loud parties. Hence, maintaining the noise as low as possible would make you a gentle person.
Generally, first impressions with your neighbors could fade soon and you are always there to stay in your new neighborhood. Anything you say and do, just to please your neighbors, will only make things difficult between your relationships. Hereafter, you are going to spend more of your time with these people and be honest by giving a genuine introduction, when you meet them first.
These ideas will help you, when you move to a new neighborhood of your city or to a new city. Meet your new neighbors and genuinely communicate with them. Provide them your help and get their help as well. Ensure to be honest and friendly, when your enter into your new community. These habits will allow you to have healthy conversations and long lasting relationships in your community.