How to Contact Old Neighbors

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When you move, this is an exciting new chapter in your life. New beginnings can provide a fresh start, but leaving behind beloved neighbors can pull on your heartstrings. And if your children and the neighbors’ kids have grown up together, saying goodbye is pretty tough. 

If you’re one of the 20% of people who actually go out of their way to spend time with their neighbors, you likely consider your neighbors to be among your closest friends.

Have you moved away from a home you once lived in and you’d like to find a way to contact old neighbors? You’re certainly not alone. Whether it’s out of state, across town, or simply a few neighborhoods away, finding a way to contact old neighbors is something that many people have seriously considered. 

Thankfully, we live in modern times, and finding a way to contact old neighbors is actually rather simple. Keep reading to learn how…

First, try giving them a call or sending them a message

If you want to contact an old neighbor and the two of you were on good terms when you/they left, why not start first by shooting them a friendly text or giving them a ring. If they don’t answer your call, try not to get discouraged.

Simply leave them a cordial message and ask them to return your call. And, be sure to leave your number just in case they got a new phone or didn’t have it stored properly. Many people do not answer calls from numbers they don’t recognize, or cannot take calls during regular business hours while they’re at work. So, again, don’t take it personally if they don’t answer right away.

If You Want to Contact an Old Neighbor, Try Searching Them Up Online

As we know, sometimes the ones moving away are our neighbors and not us. Statistics tell us that on average, Americans move just over 11 times in their lifetimes. It’s also been proven that Americans are far more likely to move frequently when compared to other people across the globe. If you’re hoping to find out where your old neighbor lives, consider searching up their name online in a trusted database. By doing so, you’ll be able to find addresses that they’re associated with, and the newest address on that list is likely their current address.

If you want to take things a step further and you don’t have their phone number, try sending them a message on social media, like Facebook messenger. You can casually ask for their address close to the holidays, which usually never raises suspicion due to holiday greeting cards being sent out.  

Don’t be shy to reach out to an old neighbor, because chances are, they’ll feel special that you took it upon yourself to connect with them once more. It’s always nice to rekindle old friendships, so don’t be afraid to do it!

If You Don’t Know Their Last Name, Search The Property Address They Lived in By You

If you happen to know your old neighbor’s first and last name, this certainly helps, but don’t get discouraged if the two of you were strictly on a first name basis. The internet is a powerful tool and there are ways around this.

Whether it’s a phone number, email address, or even a physical mailing address, you should be able to find out where your old neighbor has moved via an online search. A people search may be enough to pull up that contact information, as long as you know their first and last name. Again, if their name is fairly common, you can differentiate between people with the same name by using additional information such as age or general location.

Maybe their last name has slipped your mind. But you could still locate your old friends with information like their old address, or an old phone number. In those cases, an address search or reverse phone lookup could provide you with a complete name and current contact information associated with the old information you have.


Above all, be sincere in your approach when contacting an old neighbor. Of course, we can sometimes be guilty of being nosy. It’s human nature, and curiosity is known to get the best of many of us. Our old neighbors are often near and dear to our hearts and many of us across the globe wonder what happened to them. Allow today’s technology to answer those questions and give you the opportunity to reconnect. Take advantage of an online people search today so that you can rekindle friendships with old neighbors who you’d love to know once again.

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