One of the many benefits of living in a shared community is being surrounded by people. This provides you with countless opportunities to build relationships. You never know if a new neighbor could become your next best friend, so go out of your way to meet them!

Here are four ways you can be kind to the newbies around the block—even during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Introduce Yourself to Your Neighbors 

Chances are that your neighbors don’t know you or anyone in your apartment complex, especially if they are new. They could be up to their eyeballs with their remote work, unpacking, or life in general. They may be new to the city and not know how to get around. A great way to make them feel comfortable is to offer them a smile just to say hi. Practice good social distancing by standing at least six feet away or simply leaving a note or card to welcome them.

Offer to Help Your Neighbors Out

We all have times when we are in dire need of a good friend, especially in a pandemic. Text your neighbor to see if they have food, water, and supplies or if they need any over the counter meds like Tylenol. If you’re going to the grocery store, ask your neighbors what you can pick up. Why should both of you wait in line for 30 minutes outside Walmart if one of you can get the job done? Maybe you can take turns getting each other the essentials.

Let Your Neighbors Know of Future Events

Before the pandemic, did you host dinner parties, weekly gatherings, or game nights once in a while at your apartment? Long-time residents in the complex may be aware of those events, but your new neighbor most likely won’t be unless you invite them. With watch parties and remote gaming becoming really popular, there’s no need to wait for a lockdown to end to get your new neighbors together.

Bake Your Neighbors a Tasty Treat

We all know that food is the key to anyone’s heart! Since quarantine started, you most likely have had extra time. Think about using that extra time to create baked goods for your new neighbors. If you have a bunch of bananas, whip some muffins up; if your shelves are full of chocolate chips, get some cookies cooking. Nothing shouts, “Hey! I want to be friends!” louder than a fresh plate full of sweets.

When someone new moves into your apartment complex, make sure to follow all the tips above. These small and friendly acts of kindness will show that you really care and make your neighbors feel more welcomed.