Some of the most interesting people around could be living next door or just a few doors down. Here’s how to connect with neighbours and why it’s good for both of you:
How to connect with the neighbours:
- When you move in, go and introduce yourself to your immediate neighbours.
- If you are already established in an area, a holiday season like Christmas or Easter can be a good icebreaker to take something homemade to the neighbours.
- Some neighbours may be a little hesitant to connect so it’s good to respect their desire to be left alone if you sense this.
- More often than not, neighbours will appreciate that you have initiated contact and may be happy to invite you around for a cuppa.
- If you have an elderly or disabled neighbour, you may be able to offer help if you can see that your neighbour might need it.
- On the flipside, if you are elderly or disabled and need help with something, asking a neighbour can be a great way to connect. If you ask for help but offer a way out for the person to say no if they choose, they are more likely to help.
“Hackney Street Party” by sludgegulper is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0
Why it’s good to know the neighbours:
- Knowing your neighbours means better security for everyone. You are both more likely to help in a crisis if you know each other.
- Your property has better protection when neighbours know you. They can better spot when something unusual is happening (like a robbery in progress).
- You can trade or barter which saves you both money. For example, you might borrow a tool in exchange for giving away some excess garden produce.
- Good quality relationships = a good life. Getting to know your neighbours counts towards this.