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4 Ways to Make Friends with Your New Neighbors

Good neighbors make life more enjoyable, and you should know the people who live within close proximity to your new house. Yet, making friends as an adult can sometimes be tricky, especially when you are the new person in the neighborhood. These four ideas are all great ways to start forming new connections so that you can look forward to seeing your neighbors as you go about your daily routine.

Invite the Kids Over to Play

Kids naturally make friends, and introducing your kid to the neighborhood children helps them to fit in. If your neighbors have kids the same age as yours, then invite them over. You’ll have a few minutes to chat with the neighbors when they visit your house. If you don’t have kids, then this same idea works with pets. Invite your neighbors to walk their dogs with yours, or ask them to go to the dog park. Between kids and pets, you won’t have trouble finding things to talk about.

Host a Backyard Barbecue

The backyard is one of the main places people want to see when they tour new homes for sale, and you might choose your house based upon the size and amenities in the space. A backyard barbecue is casual enough for your neighbors to feel comfortable stopping by, and you can enjoy trading grilling tips with your new buddies.

Ask Them for a Referral

People love helping the people out, and you can ask your neighbors for help without being a bother. Just ask them for a few ideas of where you might go for services such as seeing a dentist or getting a car fixed. They’ll feel good giving you advice that helps you adjust to the neighborhood, and you can use their responses to keep the conversation going.

Plan a Night Out

Once you’ve said hello to your new neighbors, you can then ask them if there’s any local places where people like to hang out. Whether they know of a cool new bar and grill or a place to enjoy an outdoor concert, you can use their suggestion to make a hang out date. You’ll get to know them better while you enjoy a shared activity, and it may just turn into a regular event.

The best way to make friends with your neighbors is to put yourself out there. Most likely, they’ve noticed you moving in and can’t wait to start getting to know you. By making the effort to go beyond the usual friendly wave, you may just discover that your neighbors become your new best friends.

Brooke Chaplan is a freelance writer and blogger. She lives and works out of her home in Los Lunas, New Mexico. She loves the outdoors and spends most of her time hiking, biking, and gardening. For more information, contact Brooke via Facebook at facebook.com/brooke.chaplan or Twitter @BrookeChaplan

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