In a busy life filled with work, school, friends and family, it often doesn’t feel as important to find time to meet the neighbors. But knowing those people who live around you can be beneficial in many ways. Read on for some ways to make friends and encourage connections in your rental community.
Connecting in person
Even if you don’t necessarily feel like a “joiner,” there are plenty of simple ways to meet neighbors. Spending time in common spaces, such as walking in the neighborhood, is a natural way to say hello to the folks who live near you. Making an effort to attend community cultural events or meetings about important neighborhood issues will allow you to meet others who just might share your interests along with your address. Sometimes knocking on the door next to yours with a small gift is all it takes to start a long-lasting friendship!
In addition to larger social media venues, there are a variety of web-based ways to meet your neighbors. Hey, Neighbor, Nextdoor.com and i-Neighbors are all sites with growing communities of people who often get to know each other online first and at the mailbox second.
Sometimes meeting someone via a few initial electronic messages can help break the ice. These sites all offer places to post photos and share information quickly and easily. In addition to being a great introduction to those living near you, they also serve as interactive bulletin boards where members can ask for and offer help, as well as buy and sell things.
No matter which avenue you take to meet your neighbors, remember that the closer a community grows, the stronger it becomes. Residents who take the opportunity to meet each other can more easily make friends and professional connections, while looking out for each other.
Whether your rental community is part of a neighborhood watch group or creates its own book club, gardening club or walking group, the more time people who live near each other spend talking and sharing, the safer and perhaps more satisfied they will feel.
Improve your quality of life today by taking the first step in getting to know your neighbors!