So you’ve made a decision and purchased the home of your dreams in the perfect community for you and your family.
That is wonderful news!
Now, the next step is to get to know your new community, and you are going to want to get acclimated FAST!
No one likes to feel like the new person in town, so you want to get to know your new surroundings quickly.
Here are six great ways to meet people and get yourself more familiar with your new community without having to wait for the next block party.
Invite Your Neighbors Over for Dinner
The best way to feel more comfortable in your new community is to start making new friends as soon as possible. The easiest way to make friends with neighbors is to invite them over for dinner!
You could have a few neighbors over for a backyard cookout, order a bunch of extra large pizzas, or actually put that new kitchen of yours to work. The type of food involved is a minimal concern compared to the act of attempting to get to know the people you now share a neighborhood with.
Go for a Walk and Get Lost in Your Surroundings
One of the more adventurous ways to learn your way around your new community is to simply go for a walk with no destination in mind. Just continue to stroll wherever the road might take you, turning wherever you feel the mood hit you.
You’ll be surprised what you might stumble upon.
Sign Up to Volunteer for Something
Every community is going to have some great charitable causes, and almost every one of those causes would love some new blood to come in and lend a helping hand.
You won’t have to look further than the local paper, community center, or any church to find a great organization where you can volunteer your time.
Not only will your help benefit the cause, you will also make lots of new friends in the process.
Go Have Coffee (or Beer) and Tell the Barista (or Bartender) You Are New in Town
I’ll leave the debate between coffee and beer up to you, but if you show up at a local coffee shop or bar a few times and start talking to the person making your drink, you will have a handful of new friends and learn an awful lot about the community in no time.
Baristas and bartenders can be a great source of information for anyone who is new to a community. They interact with many of your neighbors on a daily basis and generally have a good feel for the pulse of a community.
Practice Driving Around Town Without a GPS
This is how we all learned our way around a new town in the old days. We got lost!
Leave your GPS at home and head out for a drive around town. When you get lost, just let your gut tell you where to go and see where you end up.
The concept of driving around a community without directions will allow you to really get a feel for what the town looks like and you will notice more interesting places.
Go to the Next Council or HOA Meeting
Another great way to learn more about the things that are happening in your new community is to go to a local council or homeowners association meeting.
This will immediately put you on the radar of the decision makers in the community, and it can also help you understand the current issues in the community and the plans for the future.
You might be new in town today, but that doesn’t mean you have to be new in town tomorrow. The sooner you get out and get to know your community, the sooner it will truly fee like home.
Want to know another great way to get to know your new community? Get in touch with your local Carrington Real Estate Agent! They have an amazing and wonderful understanding of the neighborhoods they serve.