The terms house and home may mean the same thing for some, but to others, the difference between a house and a home is a sense of community. A home is where you feel safe, comfortable, and plan to stay for the foreseeable future. If you aren’t connecting with your neighborhood, it can really impact how you enjoy your home.
Sense of Community
Building a sense of community is often much easier said than done, especially if there’s no sense of community in the neighborhood at all. Whether you’re new to the area or notice a lack of community in your neighborhood, there are plenty of things that you can do to start building those relationships with your neighbors. Here are some of the top ways that you can build a sense of community in your neighborhood, brought to you by the team at Cobblestone Homes.
Host Community Events
Community events don’t have to be anything complex. A simple backyard gathering, outdoor movie night, or even a community garage sale day are simple events that you can plan to bring your neighbors together. Start out with something small and be sure to invite everyone in the neighborhood. Host the event at your home or at a local park, promote the event, and create a fun, inviting environment.
From there, you can partner with other members of the neighborhood to host even more ambitious events. Holiday parties, barbeques, and tailgates can really bring a neighborhood together.
Create a Contact List
If you don’t have your neighbors’ contact information, it may be a good idea to get it. Not only will you have an emergency contact if you’re out of town, but you can get to know your neighbors by inviting them to fun events in your neighborhood. There are tons of great apps out there that allow you to register as part of your neighborhood – the most popular is an app called Nextdoor.
Nextdoor provides your neighborhood with its own private social network, which means you can share photos, talk to neighbors, and plan fun events right from the app.
Establish a Neighborhood Watch
Safety is something we all should take seriously, and when you partner with your neighborhood to create a neighborhood watch, everyone will feel that much safer. Hold regular meetings to review safety concerns, establish safety rules and procedures, and establish a surveillance routine for the area. Not only will you get to know members of your neighborhood, but you’ll be contributing to your neighborhood by keeping everyone safe.
Help Each Other Out
If you’re not interested in being active in neighborhood events and activities, a simple way to build a sense of community in your neighborhood is to simply help out your neighbors in need. One small act of kindness can go a long way.
At Cobblestone Homes, we know just how important it is to have a sense of strong community. That’s why we go above and beyond when we build a custom home in Northwest Arkansas. From the initial design to the final day of construction, we partner directly with you to ensure your complete satisfaction every step of the way.
Have even more ways to bring your neighborhood together? Let us know!