How to Meet Your New Neighbors While Social Distancing ​

by Dusty Rhodes on Sep 02, 2020  in 
  • Moving with Kids
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Moving to a new home in an unfamiliar neighborhood can seem overwhelming, but one of the best ways to make it feel like home is by getting to know your neighbors. A friendly smile or a wave across the street can make anyone feel more welcome. That said, even the friendliest neighborhoods are taking a step back amid the coronavirus outbreak. What once would have been a yard full of kids playing tag has turned into a single family waving from a distance. As people across the country have been urged to maintain social distancing guidelines, this has made it more difficult for new homeowners to get to know their neighbors. The good news is that there are still plenty of great ways to meet your new neighbors, even if you have to do so from a safe distance.


Sit On Your Front Porch or Yard

Now is the perfect time to sit on those front porch rocking chairs or just grab a few lawn chairs and plop down in the front yard. Do it in the evening or on the weekends when you are more likely to see people walking by or out in their yards. As neighbors come out, this is a great chance to speak to them from a safe distance and introduce yourself and your family.


Go for a Walk

There is really no better way to meet your neighbors than going out for a walk. Grab the dog, let the kids hop on their scooters and enjoy some fresh air. As you stroll along, take advantage of the chance to wave and say hello to your neighbors and introduce yourself.


Drop a Note in their Mailbox

These days it’s hard to find ways to mingle with the neighbors so an easy way to introduce yourself is by writing a simple note and dropping it in their mailbox. Introduce yourself and provide your phone number or email so you can connect for future correspondence. This is a great way to break the ice and chances are your neighbors will strike up a conversation the next time they see you outside.


Schedule a Socially Distanced Block Party

This isn’t the ideal time to be hosting a housewarming party and inviting neighbors into your home, but that doesn’t mean you can’t spend time with them outdoors. Schedule a socially distanced block party and invite neighbors to sit outside in lawn chairs where everyone can mingle from a safe distance. This is a safe way to socialize, introduce yourself, and learn more about your neighbors.


Spend Time Outside with the Kids

Move those backyard soccer games to the front yard so you can mingle with neighbors and other families that might be outside playing. Oftentimes, when neighbors see a new family with kids, they are likely to introduce themselves and strike up a conversation. This is also a great way for your kids to get to know other kids in the neighborhood.


Deliver Baked Goods

This may seem like an old-fashioned gesture but it’s still a great way to reach out to your neighbors. You can attach a little note introducing yourself and this act of kindness will go a long way in establishing a positive relationship with your neighbors moving forward. After all, who doesn’t love some warm cookies or gooey brownies?

Dusty Rhodes