You may have moved into your new home, but the moving-in process is far from over. Making a new house into your new home involves more than just getting the boxes unpacked and all the furniture in place. You still have to have to move into the neighborhood. It can be a little intimidating, meeting and interacting with all those strangers, especially for shy people. So to help you along, here’s how to get involved in your new Santa Cruz neighborhood.
Throw a Party in Your New Santa Cruz Neighborhood
Everyone loves a party – an event with food and beverages, an excuse to kick back and chill for a while – so you can’t go wrong here. It’s a great way to meet your new neighbors in a setting that’s conducive to goodwill.
So consider inviting your new neighbors over for a backyard barbeque or your own self-hosted house-warming party. The comfortable, relaxed atmosphere will make it easier to meet people and will give them an opportunity to learn about you and your family. And with the added incentive of food and beverages, your new neighbors will most likely be willing to make the short walk to your new home to meet you. Curiosity and food are both great motivators.
Take the Initiative to Get to Know Your Neighbors
Another way to get involved in your new Santa Cruz neighborhood is simply to take the initiative and make yourself visible and available. There are, of course, so many things to be done in your new home, but don’t let them crowd out getting involved. Keep in mind, too, that meeting new neighbors just might be the first step toward making a few of those cherished life-long friendships.
Try the shake-a-hand-a-week approach. Make it a goal – and a priority – to greet and meet at least one new neighbor every week. It could be as simple as walking a house or two over, introducing yourself, and offering your hand. Or you could take some freshly baked cookies or a plant to a neighbor as a goodwill offering. These small gestures often have a greater impact than we realize.
Another tactic is to be visible. So try not to stay hidden away in the house or in the backyard, Instead, spend some time in the front yard and on the front porch. Being visible and approachable will increase the opportunities to strike up conversations with your new neighbors.
Volunteer in Your New Santa Cruz Neighborhood
Volunteering and joining show that you care and that you truly do want to belong. It also gives you the opportunity to meet people who share your interests.
Volunteering and community service are probably the best ways to create meaningful new associations. You could, for example, coach a youth sports team, work at a local animal shelter, help with a community arts group, or volunteer at the local elementary school. The local public library is a great place to find out about opportunities
What could be better? You get to indulge your passion(s) while donating your time and skills to worthwhile local organizations. The members of your new community will appreciate your efforts and will likely accept you as one of them. A win-win situation all around.
Moving into a new home doesn’t have to be like going to that new high school all over again if, that is, you know how to get involved in your new neighborhood. With just a little effort and friendliness, you can smoothly settle into your new life in a new home in a new neighborhood.