You found the perfect piece of real estate, made it through the inspection process and somehow survived moving day. For most homebuyers, this is the part where they think it’s time to kick up their feet and relax in some well-deserved R & R (and it is). However, don’t forget another critical step to getting comfy in your new home: meeting the neighbors.
The sooner you meet your neighbors, the faster you can relax because you won’t have to worry about whether or not you just moved next-door to the Addams Family.
Even if your neighbors do turn out to be a bit…different, here are some helpful tips to ensure you make a good first impression:
- Introduce yourself. It may seem like a no-brainer, but you’d be surprised how easy it is to avoid meeting people because you just assume they’ll introduce themselves first. This can make things very awkward if you put it off because then they might think you’re just avoiding them.
- Be respectful! You might have just moved in, but your neighbors have been living there far longer. Take some time to observe the neighborhood and notice how people care for their yards and homes. If you’re the only one with two feet of weeds growing all over the place, maybe it’s time to get the weed-whacker out and show your new neighbors that you care about keeping the neighborhood well-kept.
- Don’t throw a raging house-warming party. This goes with being respectful. A good first impression is more important than annoying the entire neighborhood with loud music and cars parked in their driveways right off the bat. Consider this your opportunity to meet the neighbors first and get off on the right foot. For bonus points, invite them over to your house-warming party and even if they don’t come, they’ll certainly appreciate being asked.