Moving into a new neighbourhood or apartment building can be pretty daunting; it’s always nice to have someone close by that you can ask for favours when you’re in a jam.
Need someone to feed your cat while you’re away or let the plumber in while you’re at work? Having a good relationship with your neighbours can have endless benefits. Keep reading to learn how to break the ice with your new neighbours – and possibly make some new friends in the process.
How To Break The Ice With New Neighbours
Making the first move to get to know your neighbours can be pretty scary, especially if small talk makes you feel awkward. So, here are some ways you can easily break the ice with your new neighbours to start building bridges and strengthening the sense of community in your complex.
Offer Some Home-Baked Goods
If you’ve got a talent for baking and a special recipe you love to make for your family and friends, this is a great opportunity to do something nice for the nearby residents. Once you unpack, you can try out your new kitchen and make your favourite recipe. Then, spread the love and share it with your neighbours.
Leave the window open for another conversation by using your crockery – use the opportunity to strengthen those ties. You’ll be on a first-name basis with your neighbours, and they will be grateful for the treats!
Don’t be Afraid to Ask To Borrow
If you’re not so great at cooking or baking, pop over to your neighbours the next time you run out of milk, sugar or need to use a handy tool. They will most likely be happy to oblige; it can be a great way to start a dialogue and find a helping hand.
Host A Housewarming Party
If you want to meet all of your new neighbours at once, you can host a housewarming party. In some cases, your neighbours may not have become acquainted themselves, so a party is a great way to bring everyone together and increase the sense of community.
Organise your housewarming party by posting invitations through your neighbours’ mailboxes, or personalise it with some door knocking.
Get Involved In Community Events and Initiatives
Community events are a great way to get to know people in your strata community and make new connections. If you have a communal garden, offer to take care of the weeding once a month or join a group with like-minded individuals. Research sustainability initiatives and introduce these to your community. Seek out groups, head to the gym together or plan frequent gatherings in the BBQ or outdoor area.
Moving to a new neighbourhood and strata-managed complex can be an excellent opportunity to make new friends and connections. It’s essential to build these relationships so you have someone to rely on if you’re in a jam. Try one of these tips and watch how your social circle grows!
If you’ve tried out any other great ways of connecting with your strata neighbours, share them with us on our Facebook page.