Your neighbours are the people whom you may have to live with for a few months to countless years. Taking the time and effort to get to know them now will foster countless rewards in the future. You'll make countless friends, forge long-lasting relationships, and experience some of the most unique people you'll ever find. That should give you plenty of incentive to meet your neighbours.

The problem is that not every neighbour is easy to meet. You seem to always miss your neighbours or to catch them when they don't have time for proper introductions. Let's take a look at some ways that you can improve your chances of a happy introduction with your neighbours. We'll explore everything from methods that make you available to more direct approaches of interacting with even the most reclusive of neighbours. 

Stroll Around the Neighbourhood

The easiest way to meet your neighbours is to simply take a walk around your neighbourhood. Introduce yourself to any neighbours you see outside that may be doing yard work, carrying the groceries in or simply lounging about. 

If you want to make a positive first impression, introduce yourself and offer any help that they may need at that exact moment. 

Work Outside

If you don't want to go to your neighbours or you can't meet all of them, then give them ample opportunities to meet you. You can make this happen simply by working outside. You can plant flowers, mow the lawn, trim trees, and perform other activities that will keep you outside while giving your neighbours the opportunity to chat with you.

Walk Your Dog

Akin to the first tip on this list, walking your dog puts you outside and in view of your neighbours. The part that is different, however, is you can use your canine as a conversation starter. Most people adore dogs, which makes introductions even easier. Of course, it helps if you have a friendly pooch!

Participate in a Neighbourhood Meeting

Your neighbourhood may have a homeowners association. These associations can be a big help in keeping the neighbourhood's appearance swell while giving you opportunities to meet your neighbours. Find out when your neighbourhood’s next meeting is. Arrive at it with a smile and some kind of pleasant gift, which could be something like a plate of fresh cookies.

Host Your Own Get-Together

Not all neighbourhoods have homeowners associations or another organized group. You may need to take matters into your own hands when this happens. Create some hand-written invitations and organize your own social get-together. You can make your event whatever you would like it to be, so long as it's friendly and doesn't work to irritate your neighbours.

Host a Garage Sale

Garage sales serve more purposes than just trying to get rid of some unneeded stuff. You can meet many new people, including your neighbours, when you host one. If you do decide to have a sale, ensure that you post enough signs (without being intrusive) so everyone knows about it. This will create the perfect opportunity for your neighbours to chat with you.

Go to Community Happenings

Your neighbourhood is part of a larger community, which is why happenings such as church gatherings can allow you to meet your neighbours. Go to any festivals, church-hosted events and charity drives that occur near your neighbourhood. You'll meet new people, which hopefully includes your neighbours. 

Put Together a Holiday Party

New Years, Easter, and even Boxing Day represent holidays where you can have a reason to throw a holiday party. You can invite your friends, your family and, most important of all, your neighbours. The overall idea is to keep things only as big as they need to be. Keep things interesting and you'll attract neighbours without upsetting them.

Offer Your Help

The one thing neighbours value above all else is someone with an optimistic attitude whom is willing to use their hands to help. That's why offering your aid to your neighbours may be the perfect way to make an introduction. By offering your help, you'll also make a fantastic first impression.

When you finally choose to take the first step in meeting your neighbours, you don't have to do anything extreme. You may simply need to give them a small wave before introducing yourself to them. If there are one or two neighbours that you just can't connect with, ask around. You may need to use the help of other neighbours to meet that one pesky neighbour whom may seem like they're avoiding you.

Meeting your neighbours provides numerous benefits, which includes everything from opening dialogues to giving you the ability to receive invitations from your neighbours to parties and other events.

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Posted by Chris Penny on


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