How to Integrate Yourself Into a New Neighbourhood

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Most of the time when you move house you will be in a new location where you don't know the people immediately surrounding you. Depending on how you look at it, this can be either an issue or a new opportunity. If you choose to see it as an opportunity, you will want to integrate yourself into the new neighbourhood and make friends.

This article aims to give tips that you can use to integrate yourself into a new neighbourhood.

The level of integration

The first thing that you will want to do is figure out how involved you want to be with your neighbours. As nice as it is to meet new people and make friends with those living next to you, it is not a requirement if it is not something that you feel comfortable with. Perhaps you just want to be on the level where you know each other's names and can say hello whenever you see each other or maybe you want to make friends with your neighbours and participate in social events. Whatever the case, the first step is to know what you want. Depending on what you want the steps that you will take will be very different.

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Introduce yourself

When you first move in you may want to go over to your neighbours houses and introduce yourself and perhaps even your family. This will establish yourself as someone who is willing to interact with people so if this is not what you want then you may want to avoid doing this. Some neighbours may take the initiative and introduce themselves to you first. This is good as this can give you an indication that these people are interested in forming a neighbourly relationship with you.

Invite your neighbours over

If you want to participate in social events with people in the neighbourhood then inviting people from the neighbourhood over is an effective way to signal this. The easiest option is a barbeque or other dinner. Out of the various dinner options, a barbeque is the best option. This is for a number of reasons. Firstly, you are in an open space when cooking and it takes relatively little attention meaning you can socialise while cooking. It is also a very easy method of cooking a lot of food as well as a fairly large variety of food. Having people over for dinner can be very casual and is a very easy thing to leave making it ideal for a first social event. Speaking to and learning about your neighbours is key if you want to build any sort of lasting friendship.

Maintain the outside of your home

It is important that you keep the outside of your home, such as a lawn, in a presentable state. IF your neighbours can see that you are looking after your new home you will come across as a presentable and well organised person. This will make your neighbours more likely to want to interact with you as they will see you in a better light.

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