Meeting your new neighbors for the first time can be intimidating. Not only do you need to make a good first impression, you need to make a lasting one so that you can count on those neighbors to look out for the well-being of you and your home later on (in the case of robbery, fire, etc.). Cut yourself a break and make meeting your new neighbors a little bit easier by utilizing these simple tips and tricks!

  1. Introduce yourself as soon as you can.

There is no better time to introduce yourself than when the moving truck is still in the driveway! Introducing yourself this early on gives your neighbors a reason to believe you are friendly and excited to be a part of the neighborhood! Plus, if you hire a professional mover, you can kill two birds with one stone during this time. Meaning you will get to simply relax once all the boxes are inside and not have to worry about going back out to introduce yourself when in reality all you want to do is take a nap.

  1. Bring them a gift.

There is no better way to break the awkward ice than a practical gift! Keep in mind that in this day and age fresh baked goods are overrated, so go for a gift everyone will love like a Starbucks gift card and a letter introducing you and your family!

  1. Use your kids as a friendly excuse to talk.

If you have kids, a perfect conversation starter can be asking if they have kids that are your kids age! Not only will this help your kiddos adjust to making friends in the area, it will give you an excuse to get to know the parents and maybe even hear about the schools, and local activities available.

No matter what, keep in mind that your new neighbors are just people like you; don’t let intimidation get in the way of what could be a great relationship!