As the excitement of going to a brand new home builds, remember that the next step is more than being able to build a home from scratch with your personal signature. It is also associated with the prospect of developing new meaningful relationships that can last forever; networks that can enrich life and promote well-being.
During the isolation from the pandemic, neighbors who previously did not know each other’s names learned what they had in common. Between working from home or distance learning from home, they would stop and chat in front of their homes.
They exchanged phone numbers and formed new messaging groups to encourage and help each other.
Simple messages have become common, for example: “I am in the store, I have a place in the cart. What can I pick for any of you to save you from the trip? “Or” Hello everyone. If you haven’t heard, we will return to the violet level tomorrow. Stay safe. Let’s keep helping each other. “
Over time, what was an ordinary acquaintance grew into a friendship. We got to know each other better. We remembered how much we need each other. And we were reminded of how good it is to not only get together, but also to help others – and to allow others to help us.
Form new circles before moving
Look at moving to a new home through the lens of people’s need to share, find common ground, and be mutually available when needs arise.
When building new homes, building connections with neighbors from scratch can be just as rewarding as decorating new rooms from scratch.
Go ahead and plan to visit the new area, even if the construction is not finished yet at the stage when you buy. Many builders sell homes in the second or later stages of the development of the communities in which they are building. There are already neighbors in these areas.
While you won’t have time to live in two places at the same time, why not spend one weekend or part of an evening or weekend exploring the new area and the surrounding amenities and entertainment that the residents love?
Choose a time of day when people are most likely to be outside, such as weekend mornings, weekday evenings right after dinner, or popular local shopping times. Lace up your shoes and be prepared to walk in public places where you might meet people.
Before leaving, look for public and community parks, as well as the location of grocery stores, restaurants, schools, and outdoor shopping centers. Snack to eat; perhaps Saturday coffee, Sunday brunch, or an ice cream cone on Wednesday night.
Remember that children and dogs are born icebreakers. If you have anything, take them with you to travel from time to time to your future home or to the local attractions surrounding the area.
Before returning from your trip, consider taking regular grocery shopping trips to local markets in your new area to make them feel right at home after your move.
People who love their communities are keen to share their favorite places, tips, and treasures with newbies. Open yourself up to meet at least one new acquaintance in or near your future neighborhood every time you visit.
Let people engage you by waiting in line at the checkout, even if within 6 feet of the next customer or store employee.
Find your people with your builder
For those who don’t know where to start, or are not programmed to strike up conversations with people they don’t already know, builder reception centers are best.
Now that most cities and communities have eased rules on how many people can gather and where, you can even meet up with your future neighbors by asking a reception center representative what to do and where to go.
Some builders have even gone back to hosting open-door events in welcome centers or model houses.
As a future member of the community, you are already familiar with the sales and service teams of your builder or the community as planned by the craftsman. Ask these people what other activities are open to future residents.
You can get your family an invitation to a movie night, party or concert in the park. Or you can inquire about the quirky farmers’ market nearby, which is open to the public and is regularly visited by your future neighbors.
Allow yourself to be open to performances to make your new home feel right at home before you move.