Haven’t invited your neighbors over for coffee and pie yet? You’re not alone, according to the State of the American Neighborhood survey by Nextdoor, a third of Americans don’t know their neighbors by name. Has the security of our communities fallen by the wayside because of our manners? Is getting to know your neighbors creating a safer home environment? With living in the digital age, it can be difficult to be open with people, but a smile and an introduction never hurt anybody! Actually getting to know your neighbors and surroundings can be helpful in case of an emergency.
Being friendly with your neighbors comes in handy when:
- You’re locked out of your apartment
- There’s a package on your doorstep and you’re at work for several more hours
- You need referrals for a local handyman or good restaurant
- You’re bored on a Saturday night….
- The possibilities are endless!
So you’ve lived in your apartment or house for awhile now… How do you break the ice?
- Be Friendly- Bake some cookies and take them over. Pick up their package off the door step and leave a note. Maybe just a friendly ‘hello’ when you see them in the hallway or on the driveway.
- Bring your pets- The best ice breakers? Something furry and cute.
- Hang out in common places- The apartment pool or gym is a great place to meet new people.
- Take notice of new residents- The best way to become part of a community is to be proactive. It certainly takes a bit of social bravery on your part, but new residents are always eager to meet new friends in their community.