Community tip: Make a point of saying hello to your neighbours whenever you can, and make some time to take part in any events, activities and clubs in the area. A little effort when you first move into your new home will pay off in the long run.
Be social online
A community group on Facebook is a really handy way of getting to know the neighbours and organizing community meet ups. Depending on when you move into your new development, there might already be a community group for your area. If there is, your sales executive might be able to point you in the right direction.
Community tip: If you are one of the first people to move in and there isn’t a group, why not set one up? Use the name of the development to make it easy for new neighbours find it and join.
Everything is local
New-build communities are often constructed close to shops, parks and schools, and some even have amenities in them. This means you’ll be able to easily nip to the shop or walk the kids to school with other families in the area. And if your new development has been designed with bicycle paths, you’ll be able to cycle safely without having to avoid vehicles.
Community tip: If you have children at primary school, consider the idea of a ‘walking bus’. This nifty idea means parents take it in turns to do the school run, picking up classmates on the way to form a ‘busload’ of little walkers.
Green spaces are accessible
Community tip: If you’re keen to get some exercise outdoors, how about asking neighbours to join you? Set up a running club, or a walking group to help with keep-fit motivation and to have some sociable conversation at the same time.
There’s less upkeep
Community tip: If you have the time and budget, how about inviting the local community over for a drinks party or barbecue? It doesn’t have to be hard work either, especially if you ask everyone to bring a salad or dessert with them. Suggest a regular get together, with each neighbour taking it in turns to host.