One of the things we are the most proud of in our neighborhoods is the sense of community our customers feel in their new homes. Whether you’re the new family on the block, or just part of the welcome wagon, settling into your new community is a big step in settling into your new home.
Especially to those new to a neighborhood, nothing gets you out there shaking hands and building friendships like going for a walk. It sounds simple, but there’s no better way to get a feel for the area, check in with neighbors and maybe even meet some new people, than taking a walk through your development. Asking your neighbors for restaurant recommendations or even just “when the recycling gets picked up” is a great way to open the door to conversation and friendship.
Organizing a community pot luck is not only a great way to welcome old friends into your home, but also to get acquainted with neighbors you haven’t really gotten the chance to meet. Everyone will love the opportunity to catch up and show off their favorite recipes.
Along the same lines, hosting a Friday evening “happy hour” serves as a great way for everyone to blow off some steam and relax after a long week at work. Noting in your invitation that you’ll have “wine and some appetizers” ensures no one is expecting a full dinner and keeps the event casual.
Lastly, if you have small children, organizing playdates not only sets them up with friends going into the school year, but also serves as a great way for you to get to know other parents in the community. You can invite neighboring families into your home, or even just meet in a public park. Developing a network of parents in your community can prove to be a real lifesaver if and when you ever need someone to watch your kids on the fly.
Growing your community and meeting new people is key in feeling at home in your new house. With a little effort and some simple steps, you can quickly become a welcome addition to your new neighborhood.