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Moving To A New Neighborhood: 4 Ways To Get An Accurate Community First Impression

You just moved into your dream home in a beautiful new neighborhood. You want to make the best first impression you can on your neighbors. Even after you have introduced yourself and learned more about them, their children and their interests, you will still need to take steps to make a good first impression.

Plan Your Introduction

The first step is to meet your neighbors, but it goes beyond simply introducing yourself. Don’t assume that your new neighbor will come over to welcome you to the neighborhood and it is important to make the introductions quickly or it can become awkward. On moving day, simply walk over, ring the doorbell and introduce yourself. Apologize for the noise and extra traffic on the street as an excuse for walking over, if that makes it more comfortable.

Respect Is Important

You want to be a good neighbor, so it is important to be respectful. Don’t throw loud housewarming parties that last late into the night as soon as you move in. Be aware of any noise ordinances in the neighborhood to be sure you aren’t welcomed by the police soon after you move in. If you do get in trouble with these ordinances, you may need to work with a criminal lawyer to make sure that a fair agreement is reached. If you have pets, be sure to keep them on your property and clean up after them if you walk them in the neighborhood. If you have children, make sure they are not trampling the neighbor’s flower beds or using their yard as a shortcut.

Be Neighborly

Always keep neighbors in mind when doing yard work or home improvement tasks. If you are cutting grass and you know one of your neighbors is older, ask them if they would like you to cut their yard since the mower is already out. Shovel the snow from their driveway while they are away from the house. When you need a favor in return, the neighbor will be more likely to help out, like bringing in the mail when you are out of town or providing you with fresh vegetables from their summer garden.

Major Changes

There are a lot of people in the world who do not like change. Keep in mind, the people who owned your home before you might have been well-respected in the neighborhood. This being said, making big changes to the exterior may make neighbors uncomfortable at first. Your neighborhood may also have restrictions regarding what can be done outside. If you are cutting down the big tree that shades both your yard and the neighbors, let them know. If you plan to build a big deck with gazebo in the backyard and will begin work early on a Saturday, let the neighbors know so they can be prepared.

These tips can help you make a good first impression on your new neighbors and make your time in the new house much more enjoyable. Your neighbors could become some of your closest friends if you make the right impression when you move in.

Tim Esterdahl

Tim Esterdahl is the editor of IFCS blog. He is a married father of three and enjoys golf in his spare time.

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