Getting to know your neighbours is difficult. According to the Independent, over half of Britons describe their neighbours as strangers and 73% admitted to not knowing their names. So here are our tips on how to ease your way into getting to know your neighbours and feel part of the community.
A simple hello and a smile can go a long way; people will appreciate politeness. So next time you see your neighbour, why not give them a hearty hello and ask how they are?
Offer some help
Moving into a new place can be really stressful. Offering to help carry furniture or asking if they need to borrow some tools is a great way to spark a conversation. Perhaps you can also ask for some help, or to borrow items as most people are happy to help, if they can.
Host a dinner
Hosting a dinner party is a great way to meet new people.
Being a good neighbour is being respectful and considerate to everyone living in the area. For example, keeping the noise down past a certain hour, and disposing of your rubbish properly can keep your neighbourhood clean and happy. Visit Keep Britain Tidy for some tips on waste disposal.
Keep an eye open for local events in your area. Let people know you want to get involved. You can also host your own events. Finding a common interest and looking online for local meetups is also a good way to make new friends.
Why not join the neighbourhood watch? It will benefit you and other locals in your neighbourhood.
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Written by the SO Resi In-House Team