Moving to a new home is both exciting and stressful. And no small part of the stress is having to live among and meet a lot of new people. And it’s all too easy to get caught up in the excitement of the move and the tasks involved in setting up a new home while putting off meeting the new neighbors till late in the game. Really, though, meeting your new neighbors is one of the first things you should because the people are what makes a neighborhood a great place to live. Here, then, are 5 things you can do to meet your new neighbors in Seattle.
1. Watch and Observe
One of the best ways to meet your new neighbors in Seattle is also the simplest and easiest. And it is to just keep an eye out for opportunities to meet the neighbors, especially when it appears you have common interests. “If you can find some common interest – you both have kids, your mother is elderly, or a friend talks about her garden a lot even if you don’t possess a green thumb – this will make it easier to approach the person. The key to careful observation is to not be obvious about it or act stalker-ish.”
So by watching and observing, check out the neighborhood and the new neighbors. If, for example, you have small children, note the houses with signs of kids such as toys in the yards and mothers walking with children. Approaching people with similar interests lowers barriers and makes it much easier to meet and get to know the neighbors.
2. Ask Questions
Also, when attempting to meet your new neighbors in Seattle, don’t just make inane small talk about the weather – ask questions. There’s no better way to draw people out than by asking about the things they’re truly interested in, particularly questions about where they live.
Heres what moving experts recommend: “Ask what the best place to get tacos is, whether there are any good spots for live music nearby, or, if you have a dog and so do they, whether there’s a good pet park in the area. Try to ask questions that warrant more than ‘yes’ or ‘no,’ and that can get people talking about their interests.”
3. Go Outside
Obviously, you can’t be seen as approachable and you can’t meet neighbors if you can’t be seen and can’t see them. So to meet your new neighbors in Seattle, you’re going to have to get outside. For you can meet people if you stay holed up in your new house. Go outside and work in the yard, or go for a walk. This way, you’ll come into contact with and meet more people. Make sure to appear friendly, greet them warmly, and ask those questions that will draw them out.
4. Help Out and Ask for Help
Lending a hand is also a great way to meet your new neighbors in Seattle, but so is asking for help when you need it. As the old saying goes, actions speak louder than words. So if you see a neighbor struggling to get a load of groceries into the house, walk over and lend a hand. Or maybe if it snows, shovel the porch and front walk for your elderly neighbor. What you do like this will have more of an impact than what you say and will make your neighbors want to get to know you.
And if you need help of some kind . . . ask. Again, moving experts say that you can build relationships with neighbors “by not just giving help, but asking for a little yourself when you need it. Most people like to help others, and if it’s not a big imposition it can help build and sustain a nice relationship. If you’re heading out of town, ask your neighbor if they wouldn’t mind taking in any packages that get delivered to your door.” Then, just show your gratitude, and make it clear that you are more than willing to return the favor.
5. Throw a Party
And don’t forget the power of food and drink and fun. Hosting a welcome party is always a good way to meet your new neighbors in Seattle. Distribute personalized invitations to your new neighbors (maybe slipping them into mailboxes) inviting them to attend an informal get-together at your new home. Refreshments engender conviviality so that people drop their guard and are willing to open up in a more relaxed way. Parties work because they break the ice.
So it doesn’t have to be frightening or awkward to meet your new neighbors in Seattle. Just don’ make a job of it by thinking of it as networking. Rather, just have fun with the natural process of meeting the people you live among. Be approachable, and let the relationships develop organically, not forcing them to become your new best friends. And don’t forget to ask your local real estate agent for suggestions. Your agent can do much more than just help you find and purchase a house. Discover how our agents can help you fit right in. Contact us today at 206-271-7100.