When you’re going by addresses, you’re not just going to someone’s residence. You’re entering into a neighborhood, with unique routines and nuances. It’s important to pay extra attention to these dynamics, and ensure you’re not disrupting the flow.
When I was a kid living in a small town in North Dakota, the town newspaper contained very little news. The vast majority of the content was neighborhood gossip. For instance, when my grandparents visited, it would be front page news. No reporters pounced on the scene. We assumed this was a private matter. So what gives? Well, the neighbor across the street just watched the events transpire. Then it appeared in the paper.
It’s important to remember that people are invested in their neighborhood. They are going to be extra observant, and possibly nosy. When a stranger walks up to someone’s house, it’s possible you will draw attention from the neighborhood (even though you don’t see anyone around). It may not be a big deal. Or it may be a huge deal. How you navigate through the neighborhood will impact people’s response, and your success. If you move in like a bulldozer with little respect, you will be bulldozed out. If you tread lightly while recognizing that this isn’t your neighborhood, people will appreciate it and be more receptive.