One of the best ways to promote a happy, friendly community is to boost neighborhood relationships. In a community where neighbors know each other, you’ll see less problems because everyone is watching out for each other instead of just themselves. However, in this day and age, it can be difficult to create these friendly neighbor relationships, so check out these three tips to help you.
Find Something You Have in Common
One of the best ways to make friends is by finding something you have in common. This may seem difficult at first, but if you pay attention, you can find something. Perhaps your neighborhood sits along a lake, and you notice your neighbor likes to fish. If you also like to fish, that’s a perfect way to start a conversation. At first, you can simply discuss your shared hobby, your goals and successes. However, as the friendship grows, perhaps you start inviting your neighbor to fish with you.
Make Time to Talk With Your Neighbor
Even if you can’t find anything in common, and you don’t really want to be buddies with your neighbor, you should still find the time to talk with them. Even something as simple as a greeting in the morning or when you return from work is enough to make the neighborhood friendlier. This is also important because as you talk with your neighbor, you learn more about them, which can help you understand why they do the things they do: the things that may annoy you. This can lead to less conflict. Plus, if your neighbor does keep doing something that is annoying, they’ll be more inclined to listen when you voice your concern if you have been friendly to them. If you’ve never spoken to them before and then suddenly start complaining, they might become defensive.
Plan Community Events
Even if you want to be friendly with your neighbors, it may be difficult to find the time or break the ice, which is why it’s important to urge your HOA to plan community events. Fun events give you something to do with your neighbors. Not only are you having a good time, but you get to interact with them and get to know people you didn’t before. They are an excuse to talk to your neighbors and become friendlier.
A great neighborhood has a feeling of community, and the only way to get that feeling is by being friendly with your neighbors. Even if you aren’t best friends, when everyone is kind, respectful and pleasant to one another, the neighborhood succeeds.