Whether moving across town or across the country, meeting people is the best way to get settled in your new construction home. This can be somewhat challenging if you are one of the first homes in a new community because there simply aren’t many neighbors. Regardless, you can settle in to your new neighborhood by following these three simple steps:new home construction site
Love thy neighbor. Get to know the people who have already moved into the community. While it may feel a little intimidating, chances are that they would like to meet new people too. Keep an eye out for when neighbors don’t appear to be preoccupied and walk over or drive by. Introduce yourself as you would normally would and let them know how excited you are to finally be in your new construction home. Ask questions about your new neighbors, for example, where they moved from; if they have children; how they like the area, etc. Showing an interest in them will make you feel more comfortable gathering the information you need to settle in, such as which local gym is best. If there are common areas such as a fitness center, playground and/or swimming pool, go frequently and you are sure to meet nice neighbors.
Live like the locals. As the saying goes, “When in Rome, do as the Romans do.” Visit the local famer’s market, cafe, popular restaurants, shopping areas, etc. Seek out the ‘mom and pop’ places of business for that extra family-friendly service. If you have a dog, better yet. By walking around local parks and paths, chances are you and your dog will make friends over time by seeing the same friendly faces (and tails!).
If you have children, it’s much easier to meet new people. Enrolling children in sports, dance, gymnastics, art, music and other extracurricular activities provides an opportunity to meet other parents who most likely don’t live far from you. Once you’ve settled into a routine, consider volunteering in a community organization or cause that is near and dear to you. It’s a great way to meet like-minded people while giving back to your new community.
Get ‘schooled.’ Perhaps the easiest way to meet people is simply by becoming involved in your children’s school activities. Joining the PTA at your child’s new school is a win-win because you are not only super-parenting, but also connecting with people with common interests. Once you’ve met a few parents, schedule playdates with or without the kids! If you are considering going back to school or resuming continuing education you had to put on hold due to your move, research the local schools and universities. Once you find an ideal program and enroll, you will definitely meet people with similar interests.
At Echelon Homes, we build new homes in communities where our homeowners build lifelong friendships and great memories. We specifically seek neighborhoods we would want our own families to live in. Check out our wide variety of communities in Southeast Michigan.
Article by: Jennifer Elkow
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