Welcome to Clayton Heights: 3 Great Tips for Introducing Yourself to New Neighbours

Posted by Robbie Johal on Friday, December 20th, 2013 at 6:40pm.

Do you miss the days when everyone in the neighbourhood knew each other? When you would know all of your neighbours’ names, and people would stop and chat on the sidewalk? Well, those days don’t just exist in old movies. Although it may look a little different today, it is still possible to live in a place where you know your neighbours’ names. You might even meet some close friends in your new neighbourhood. But these days, meeting new people can be hard to do – so if you’re struggling to break the ice in your new neighbourhood, these three tips might help.

Don’t Say “Hi” Just Yet

Sometimes the best way to meet people is to spend some time observing them. If you’re feeling shy about introducing yourself to your new neighbours, you don’t need to start shaking people’s hands and writing down names right away. Simply observe how people live and try to imagine how you could fit into the lifestyle that already exists in your neighbourhood. After a bit of observation, you’ll start to notice things you have in common with the people around you. This is a great starting point for opening up conversations.

Join or Start a Group

Running into people on the street or knocking on their door is one way to introduce yourself to new people, but if you want to really become a part of the community, why not join some sort of neighbourhood group? Lots of neighbourhoods will have groups like book clubs, parents’ groups, cycling groups, walking groups, and so on that meet on a regular basis. Can’t find any groups in your neighbourhood that interest you? Why not start one yourself? Chances are, there are at least a few other people in the area who are interested in the same sorts of activities as you, so why not make an effort to meet regularly and bond over your common interests?

Throw a Party: How About New Year’s Eve?

Another great way to meet people (and make a big impression in your neighbourhood) is to throw a party – and what better occasion for a party than New Year’s Eve in Surrey? Even if you don’t know anyone yet, throwing your own NYE Surrey party will quickly make you the talk of the town. Invite your neighbours over for a late-night bash, or organize a block party and take over the streets – either way, you’ll have a great time, and you’ll get to know a lot of people.

Even if you don’t dream of some sort of 1950’s fantasy neighbourhood where everyone wears bowler hats and has white picket fences around their front yards, it’s still a good idea to introduce yourself to your new neighbours. Knowing who lives next door can really bring some peace of mind when you first move to a new area. Plus, your next-door neighbour could end up becoming your new best friend – or at least they could water the plants when you go away on vacation.

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