For me, seeing someone new move in is always an exciting time. As someone who just moved into a new residence, it is always nerve-wracking when you aren't sure whether the neighbors will be friendly or not. It can be quite worrying while you're in that period of time between moving in and getting into a routine. I’m sure that most of us have dealt with both extremes when it comes to responses from neighbors, regardless of whether or not you have made an effort to introduce yourself to them or not. It is always important to be careful when meeting new people for the first time, especially if you are going to be living in close proximity to them.
For the most part, your neighbors are going to be people that you should try to get along with, at least in passing. It is always important to get to know them on a basic level if nothing else. Knowing what your neighbors look like can definitely help in regards to things like suspicious activity. It’s much more likely that you will spot someone who may be up to no good if you know who normally walks around your neighborhood. It can take a little while to get used to a slew of new faces, but it is always a good idea to try and do so quickly.
While doing things like baking your new neighbor a pie might seem a little outdated and possibly even dangerous, there are other things you can do to welcome them. Bringing over some toiletries or even some local delivery menus can go a long way without having to worry about someone else’s dietary restrictions. It can also be an effective conversation starter into other subjects which can help you learn about them so you can get to know your new neighbors better.
Here at Talley, we want everyone to get along. We know this isn’t really a viable reality, but at least feeling comfortable around your neighbors is a very important thing if you are going to make the most out of where you live. Your safety is a top priority for us and we take it very seriously. When it comes to having new neighbors, sometimes it is worth it to go out on a limb and make the first introduction. You never know when you’ll find a great friend just by saying hi to the person who lives next door!