One of the often overlooked benefits of buying a new home is the sense of community built in to a new neighborhood. Everyone moving in is new. There is no awkward “new kid” feelings as all homeowners are new to the neighborhood. This newness creates a shared goal of building a community together.
So what are some ways you can help encourage this sense of community? Try hosting a neighborhood drop in at your new home. If weather permits this can be an outdoor event to make it feel even less formal. Host a BBQ or simply share some of your favorite desserts.
Simply spending time outdoors working on your yard or outdoor living space encourages conversation from neighbors who are also working on making their new home their own.
Take advantage of upcoming holidays by hosting themed parties. Halloween is a great time to be home as your neighbors will actually come to you! Be sure to have lots of candy and make the most of this opportunity to make new friends.
When you see someone move in, try and stop by with a small housewarming gift or homemade treat to welcome them to the neighborhood. Share some helpful information you may have learned that will make their transition easier.
Getting to know your neighbors provides social benefits as well as added security. It helps to have a friendly eye looking out for your home when you’re not around
What are ways you try to build community in your neighborhood?