Welcoming the new neighbor is a great thing to do, but is there a right time and place?
It’s always a great idea to welcome a new family into the neighborhood by introducing yourself and saying hello, but sometimes, you can feel as if you may be intruding. After all, no one wants to entertain guests after unpacking a moving truck! Fortunately, there are some wonderful ways to let your neighbors know you’re around without being a burden.
- If your neighbors are outside, feel free to wave or say hello. It may not be the best time when they have their hands full of boxes, but if they’re outside, a quick hello and an introduction are appropriate. Let them know which house is yours, and if they need anything, to just ask. You can stop by later with any gifts or a longer conversation.
- Wait until they’re settled in to drop by with a housewarming gift. Some thoughtful gifts could include a local favorite, such as local honey or something handmade from town. If you decide to bake something, be sure to include the ingredients in case they have any allergies. A list of local restaurants and businesses is a great way to make them feel welcomed to the neighborhood. Avoid anything alcoholic until you get to know them better.
- Try to stop by in the evenings between 5-7pm. This is generally considered a good time to say hello, as they will be home from work, and it’s not too late. If it looks like they’re home during the day, late morning hours between 10 and 11am would be a good time to pop by.
- Understand if it’s not a good time to visit. Most families are adjusting to their new home and developing a schedule that works for them. They may be unpacking or finishing up some renovations and may not be focused enough to visit. You can always leave a gift on the doorstep with a note with your number and where you live, and if they’re able, they can call you if they have any questions or concerns.
- Let your new neighbors know when you’ll be available if they’d like to stop in for a cup of coffee. If you have children, let them know they can bring theirs over for a playdate or just to introduce them. This may be the easiest way for you to get to know your new neighbors.
Welcoming a new family to your neighborhood is a wonderful way to get to know your neighbors! What are some things you would recommend?