Buying your first home is an incredible accomplishment. From finding your dream home, to going through the mortgage process and closing, to getting the keys and moving in, there is never a dull moment in the process. Once you’re settled and unpacked, it’s time to get to know your neighbors.
If you’re new to the neighborhood, never fear, there are numerous ways to get involved.
Join a Community Association
Community associations are a great stepping stone into getting involved in your neighborhood and serve as a great opportunity to meet those you live around. Seek out these various groups to get involved.
Neighborhood Block Watch: The neighborhood block watch is an excellent option. This is an organized group of dedicated civilians that come together to take a stand against crime and vandalism in the neighborhood. Essentially this is a pact between neighbors where they agree to look out for each other, watch over each other’s property, patrol the area, and report suspicious activity. The block watch also serves a liaison between members of the community and the police.
Neighborhood Society Groups: Neighborhood society groups come together to focus on neighborhood development and reaching agreements to provide approvals on areas that are non-commissions related. Additionally they serve as the glue that brings other neighborhood associations together for monthly updates to make sure everyone is on the same page.
Be sure to check out the Homeowner’s Association as well. They will work together to dictate and vote on neighborhood matters meant to keep the community beautiful, clean, and keep the value upheld. There can also be many other branches of your neighborhood organizations by division and subdivision too. Most all of these commissions, societies, and groups have a board and leadership group – if you’re up for a competition, you can run for a position on almost any of these.
Green Day: Your neighborhood may already have an organized “green day” and if they don’t – this might be excellent place to get take charge and initiate one. Green day is when all members of the community come together to help garden and enhance the look of the greenery in the neighborhood. This could be landscaping the common areas or helping elderly and disabled neighbors with yard work.
Home Tours: Some communities have home tours as a way to get to know your neighbors. This is a time to open up your home and welcome others in – not to mention – it is a great time to get some decorating idea for your space too.
Happy Hours: Participate and organize some neighborhood happy hours as the best way to meet people. Depending on where your community is located – you may have some bars or restaurants in walking distance that would offer some benefits for hosting your happy hour. They certainly will want people to know about their location and promote their business so they might even give you some happy hour pricing.
Facebook: Create (if approved by your community liaison) or join the neighborhood Facebook page. See if your neighborhood already has a page on the popular site NextDoor.com. These are great forums for community updates, crime alerts, and for-sale pages.