Q: It’s been a month since my husband and I moved into our new house. One set of next-door neighbors has taken the time to come over and greet us, but those on the other side haven’t a word. How long should I wait for them to say hello?
A: It would have been nice if your other neighbors had made the first move, but I certainly wouldn’t hold back any longer. Go ahead and introduce yourself. You don’t know their situation. Maybe they travel a lot or work unconventional hours. Or they’re shy and don’t want to impose. When you do reach out to them, be sensitive to the cues they give. Some people find themselves running next door for a cup of coffee twice a day; for others, neighborliness is a polite nod from the driveway every once in a while.