New neighbors are always a massive excitement in the community. It can be easy in this day and age for a new family to move in unnoticed, but hopefully there are still enough friendly folk around to not let that happen. First impressions are important, so here are a few ideas on how to get off on the right foot!
It can be pretty intimidating to be the new kids on the block. It’s pretty obvious, but simply introducing yourself can really welcome people into the community. It’ll be a lot more comfortable for them than being met with twitchy curtains as they try to unload from their moving trucks. You don’t have to go over straight away, they’re bound to be kind of busy on the first day. But don’t leave it too long or it can get awkward.
Buy a gift.
You don’t need to spend a fortune here, but housewarming gifts are a really lovely way of celebrating someone’s house move. Small kitchen appliances, home decor or games all work well. They don’t need to be extravagant, it’s the gesture that counts.
Taking over home goods.
Anyone would appreciate baked goods, even more so when you’ve just gone through the stress of moving house. Bake a simple cake and take it over, they might even share it! And if you really can’t bake anything, shop bought or a bottle of wine is just as good.
Offer useful local information.
If they’ve moved from afar, your new neighbours aren’t going to have a clue where the best take-out is from or which bars to avoid. And they might not want to do much cooking with their kitchen still in boxes. Take over any leaflets and information that you have and share your inside knowledge with them. It’s a great way for them to learn about their new home. Chances are they’ll be doing some work to their new home, so you could also offer lists of services and businesses.
Offer your help.
They may not want you unpacking their personal things, but there will be lots of tidying involved before they can make the house ‘their own’. Ask if they need help clearing up. They may jump at the chance or they might turn you down. Don’t worry if they say no, at least you offered and they know they can rely on your help later if they need it.
Invite them to yours.
You could even go that one step further and invite them round to yours! Your new neighbours might feel uncomfortable about having you in their own home, surrounded by boxes of all their belongings. Why not invite them to yours for drinks and snacks and get to know them a little better. You could even invite other people from the neighbourhood to allow everyone to socialise together.