Does being neighborly mean keeping to yourself and offering a small wave as you head to work? Or would you rather live in a community where people help each other out by shoveling the walkways of neighbors who are unable to do so, or offering to watch their kids during an emergency?
Building a warm and welcoming community takes some give and take – you don’t have much choice in who your neighbors are, but you do have choices in how you interact with them, and the relationships you build. Have you noticed your neighbor’s Halloween decorations are still up after the New Year? Or perhaps someone isn’t taking of their yard month after month? Try communicating before complaining to another neighbor or the homeowners’ association. You never know what someone’s personal situation is, and whether they may be struggling.
If the power went out for an extended period, do you know which of your neighbors may need some extra help? Taking the time to meet your neighbors soon after you move in or as they move in will help you build communication before emergencies occur. If and when a crisis does arise, requesting help or providing help will be much easier because of the relationships you have built. Recognizing a need and not being afraid to lend a helping hand will your keep your community strong.
What are some small things you can do for your neighbors? Keep an eye on the house when they are on vacation, offer to host a play date? Do you have a relationship with them that would make you comfortable asking them to pick up your mail while you are out of town?
Building a great community is an investment that can pay off for a lifetime – you may make lifelong friends, and build relationships that give back for years to come. To get started, join our community of LaMontagne Homes neighbors on Facebook; and check out this post on ‘creating the community in your community’.