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Getting to know new neighbours

Moving into a new home and making new friends can be daunting, especially if you’re not overly confident. Read Skint Dad's top tips on how to get to know your new neighbours, make friends and build community spirit.

Moving to a new area can be daunting. Not only have you got to get acquainted with your new surroundings; finding out where local shops are, where the nearest doctors and dentist are located and when the bins get emptied; but you’ll also have new neighbours to get to know.

Whether you own your home or rent, getting to know your new neighbours should be high on the agenda. Let’s face it, if you’re planning to stay in your home for a reasonable amount of time, getting to know who lives either side of you is not only the polite thing to do but will also be handy for when you go on holiday or take in the odd parcel.

Breaking the ice

So you’ve moved into your new home and are surrounded by a mountain of unpacked boxes. Instead of stressing out, take five or 10 minutes to round up the family and go introduce yourself to your next door neighbours.

By taking the initiative on that first day not only will you feel good for doing it, you’ll also put your neighbour’s minds at rest if they were wary about new people moving in. Perhaps even invite them around for a coffee when you’re more settled.

Throw a housewarming party

If you want to go one step further than inviting your neighbours around for coffee, why not throw a housewarming party?

Whether it’s just a low key event with your immediate neighbours or a full blown party with the whole street (!), having a get together like this is a sure fire way to cement friendships going forward. It doesn’t even have to be anything too big; a few cups of tea and cake are always well received.

Make a good impression

You may be wary of getting to know and making friends with your new neighbours but I’m pretty sure they will feel the same way. The best way to get off on the right foot with them is to make a good impression.

Simple things like keeping your garden tidy, not being noisy late into the evening and keeping your children under control if they have a tendency to run riot will go a long way in showing the street that you want to be part of the community.

Be a helpful neighbour

A great way to get to know your neighbours is by being helpful. I work from home so every Friday after the bin man has been I make sure to take not only our bin in but my neighbours bin in as well.

I’m out there anyway moving my bin so it really doesn’t take much more effort to move theirs. It also is a great way to be a good neighbour.

Some other ways you can be helpful is to offer to take parcels in from the postman, water their plants if they go away on holiday and even offer to pick some bits up from the shop if you’re going.

Taking a little time when you first move to get to know new people can really help get you settled into your new home. Trying to ask for a cup of sugar from a neighbour you’re never spoken to will be a lot harder so why not make a small effort and say hi.