Moving home? How to get to know your new neighbours

If you’re moving home, you might be wondering what your new neighbours will be like. Will they like you? Will you like them?

And you have good reasons to consider who your new neighbours will be. Having a good relationship with the people who live around you will bring a strong sense of community.

With expensive furniture removal costs and trying to make your new space feel like home, moving is hard enough without the worry of fitting in with a new neighbourhood.

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That’s why more and more renters are turning to real-estate tech companies like Blueground that offer ready-to-go turnkey apartments which come fully furnished – so you can focus on discovering your new neighbourhood and getting to know your new neighbours.

If you are worried about fitting in with your new neighbours, don’t worry just yet. There are many ways that you can get to know your new neighbours and build a good relationship, so that you can ask for that cup of sugar when you run out.

Introduce yourself 

When you’re moving into a new street or building, the chances are that your new neighbours will want to know who the newbie to the area is.

The best way to get off to a good start is to say hello and introduce yourself, find out who your neighbours are and what they do. If you don’t want to knock on your neighbours door, why not take a walk around your new area? You might even find that people introduce themselves to you and you never know what you might have in common. 

Be approachable 

You might find the idea of making the first move daunting. But the good news is that you will come across your neighbours at some point, whether that’s coming and going at the same time or taking the trash out. And all you need to do to break the ice is say hello or ask how they are.

Your neighbours might even approach you for that cup of sugar. Be friendly whether you can help or not and they should do the same for you in return. 

Be open

Most neighbourly feuds are borne out of a lack of communication. So if you’re planning a party, let them know in advance, or better still, invite them over.

If you’re a music teacher, just let your neighbours know that they might be subject to the noise of your students sometimes. To smooth things over you could even invite them round for a free music lesson.  

Invite the neighbours round

Throwing a house-warming party when you move into your new home? Inviting your neighbours is one way to get to know them – and you won’t have to apologise for the noise.

If the idea of a full-on housewarming party scares you, you could keep it lowkey by inviting the neighbours round for a coffee. 

Discover all things local 

It goes without saying but exploring the local area can be great for not only finding the best places for coffee and brunch, but meeting new people.

You might walk into a shop and recognise a few faces from your neighbourhood which is a good way to make connections within your new community and finding things to do in the local area. 

Get involved 

You may prefer to keep to yourself most of the time, but it won’t help you settle into your new neighbourhood. Getting involved with the community is a surefire way to fit in with your new neighbours. Not only does it give you the chance to get to know everyone but it shows your neighbours that are keen to get to know them.

‘Getting involved’ could be doing something as small as accepting their invitation for dinner, or attending community events like a street party. Don’t forget to bring your most popular dish! 

Moving with a family

If you are moving with your family, your children may worry about leaving their old home and friends behind. So look out for the local families and introduce yourself.

Not only will it help your children settle in but as a parent you can begin to build a local support network, which is never a bad thing if you need a bit of extra help with the kids. 

If you are worried about moving to a new area, we hope that you find this guide useful. We know that moving is hard work and getting settled into a new home can take some time but don’t feel pressurised to fit in instantly.

Take your time getting to know your neighbours, relax and most of all have fun. You never know, you might make some new friends. 

Photo by Gleren Meneghin