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Thoughtful Ways to Welcome New Neighbors to the Neighborhood
When new neighbors move next door, you want to make the best first impression possible. A batch of good or bad neighbors can make or break your everyday living experience. For that reason, you want to be sure to roll out the welcome mat when a new family moves in down the block.
While this doesn’t mean that you have to be best friends with everyone in your area, it would be nice to be on good terms with your neighbors. To that end, the folks at Turbo Tenant have outlined the best ways to welcome new neighbors below.
The simplest way to welcome new neighbors is to introduce yourself. You don’t have to do anything too complicated, just say hello and let them know your name and what house you live in.
Another convenient way to make your introduction is to attach a welcome tag to your new neighbor’s door. This lets them know that they live in a friendly neighborhood. They’ll appreciate the nice gesture.
Set Up a Playdate
What better way to connect with your new neighbors than arranging a playdate for your kids? If you each have kids close in age who are interested in similar toys or activities, things will likely go well. Who knows? Maybe your kids become best friends. While the children keep themselves busy, you can get to know your new neighbors.
Bring a Gift
A tried and true method of welcoming someone is through the love language of gift-giving. You can bake your new neighbors some cookies, give them some chocolates, or even wrap up a candle as a special present.
You can also never go wrong with gifting a bottle of wine or sparkling juice. To add a personalized touch, adding these housewarming printables will go a long way. Just print them out, attach them to the bottle, and you’re ready to go.
Gift Them a Houseplant
When a neighbor is first moving in, decorating will be in order. In this case, a houseplant could be the best welcome present. Since some houseplants require a lot of care, to be on the safe side, you may want to gift them something low-maintenance. Some plants that are easy to care for include snake plants, cactus plants, and succulents.
If you go this route, it’s nice to add a plant care tag. This helps your new neighbor with tips on how to make their plant thrive. It even tells them what benefits the plant provides and how often to change its soil. If your neighbor is new to caring for plants, these plant tags help immensely.
Share Your Neighborhood Knowledge
Chances are, if you’ve been established in your neighborhood for a while, you know a lot of useful information that could help your neighbor. Here are some suggestions of what you should share:
If you’re involved with any community organizations, you should tell your neighbors. When you invite your neighbors to community groups, it has a way of making them feel at home. Even if they decide not to take you up on the offer, they’re sure to appreciate the gesture.
Services Around the Area
It’s super helpful to give your neighbors a heads up of what doctors, car-repair shops, and babysitters are around the area. If they’re originally from out of town, recommendations for useful close-by services can save them a lot of hassle.
Fun Local Activities
When you’re getting settled, one of the most important parts of feeling at home is knowing what to do for fun. Share your favorite hole-in-the-wall restaurants or the best parks in the area. You can even offer to show your new neighbors around.
To gather all of these details into one place, fill out this handy cheat sheet. Create an organized list for when your neighbors need knowledge about the area. Whenever they use it, the sheet will remind them about the friendly, hospitable mom next door.
Introducing yourself to new neighbors can be intimidating, but small welcoming gestures can go a long way. When you build relationships with the people next door, you make strides toward living a happier life.
Hope you enjoy these printables!