Moving to a new neighbourhood can feel extremely stressful – especially when you are moving into a new condo. With your neighbours always in close proximity to your home, it’s important to get to know them and simply, ‘make nice,’ with the residents living with you. At our Hamilton condo developments, being that friendly neighbour that’s likable from the get-go can be a benefit; if you need help in any way, a neighbour can be there to assist you (and you never know the next time you’ll need help). It’s just good common sense to make a positive first impression, but what if you don’t know how to do this? After all, not everyone can meet new people easily – in fact, it can be downright stressful.
It doesn’t have to be though! Take a deep breath and be yourself. Below are the best ways to meet your neighbours while you’re living your life in your new home.
Take a walk to the ground level
Our condos in GTA provide a wealth of ground-level amenities that our residents absolutely love. They make life a little more convenient for the fine residents at our developments – they’re also a great way to meet your new neighbours. Regularly walk into our coffee shop at LJM Tower to run into your neighbours and spark a conversation; if the weather is nice, take it outside. You will also find plenty of new neighbours to get to know in our ground level restaurants, convenience stores, or just by walking around the ground floor level. It’s a great place to run into new neighbours since so many of our residents use these amenities.
Visit the community outdoor amenities
When the weather is warmer and the skies are clear, it’s the perfect time to take a walk around our outdoor amenities and introduce yourself to everyone. Especially if spring has recently sprung and residents are getting out of the house after being cooped up from a long winter, make this your moment to get to know the neighbourhood. Walk over to our community barbecue areas and make conversation. If you can cook and know your way around a grill, even better! Consider cooking more than enough food and giving extras to your neighbours that you see in the barbecue area; it’s a great way to break the ice!
Visit our gym
If you don’t go to a gym, get into the habit of using ours. So many of our residents use our gym to conveniently fit their work out into their day, and it’s the perfect opportunity to meet your new condo neighbours. Be cordial and offer to ‘spot’ on the weight lifting machines and help whenever possible; share machines and make polite conversation when the opportunity arises. Offer to get someone a towel, ask someone about their workout regimen, and be genuinely interested. The gym is a great place to learn about your new neighbours and introduce yourself to the community.
Always introduce yourself
Speaking of introducing yourself, make it a goal to say, ‘hello,’ to the neighbours living around your home. When you see them in a hallway, say hello and mention where you live. Compliment someone on their clothing or hair when applicable; go out of the way to open the door for your neighbours and introduce yourself that way. Make it a goal to present yourself as a nice, caring neighbour to your own neighbours. If it feels like it’s out of your comfort zone, take a deep breath and just go for it: no one has ever regretted introducing themselves to their neighbours, but plenty have regretted never taking the first step to getting to know the people they live around.
Host a welcome party in our party room
When you meet all of your neighbours, host a party to get to know everyone better in our party room! This room has plenty of space for all of your neighbours, and it’s a great way to become even closer to the neighbourhood. Want to be a good neighbour to new condo residents over time? Host a party for them in the party room where they can get to know everyone – it’s a great way to break the ice and one of the best methods for positioning yourself as a person the entire neighbourhood loves!