Welcoming a new neighbor is not only a polite gesture, but possibly the start of a long-lasting friendship. It’s always good to have people in your corner while you’re away or in case of an emergency. Here are some helpful tips on making your new neighbors feel welcome in your neighborhood.
Prepare a hot dish
Rather than your typical pie or tray of cookies, make a hot meal for your neighbors to eat on the spot. Between the packing and unpacking, there’s barely time for a cup of coffee! Preparing a meal for your new neighbors will allow them to have a wholesome meal amidst their hectic moving schedule. Also, consider providing them with paper plates and disposable utensils. This will make cleanup a breeze.
When the time is right, hosting a casual backyard barbecue is an excellent way to introduce new neighbors to your family and friends. Be sure to let them know that it’s causal and there’s no need to bring anything special. This will keep the gathering light and stress-free. Don’t forget to invite next-door neighbors and anyone that you see regularly.
Ask if they need anything
One of the best ways to welcome a new neighbor is by offering to pick things up at the grocery store. Chances are, you have to go to the grocery store anyway. Why not offer to pick up some bread or milk for your new neighbor? At a time such as moving, having the additional stress of going to the grocery store may be too difficult for someone who already has a full plate.
We can try our best to greet someone new, however, it may not pan out the way we would like. In that case, try putting yourself in your neighbors shoes. Maybe they don’t want to be greeted or their lifestyle is completely different than yours. If you don’t click instantly, keep an open mind. You don’t have to be friends with every one of your neighbors, but it’s important to maintain good relations with one another.
Moving from another town or place can be uncomfortable and overwhelming for everyone, but when you’re greeted with warm smiles and nice people, it can make all the difference. Being there for your neighbor from the start can make life a lot easier for them and in the end, for you too!
Felicia Walkins is a freelance writer for Jackson Twenty-one. Connect with her on Google+.