Get To Know The New Neighbors

welcome to the neighborhood  You just got new neighbors and know nothing about them.      You want to welcome them to the neighborhood so how can    you do that?  Here are some ideas that can open the door      to a lifetime friendship – or at least good relations with the      neighbors

  1.   Bring them a hot dish (either hot or frozen) or a           gift certificate to a local restaurant that delivers.  Moving is not easy or quick.  Typically the new people are moving boxes and not thinking about food right away.  Even a couple of days after moving in the house is not always “put together” so cooking might be unrealistic.  If you bring a hot dish put it in a disposable pan or a dish the new neighbor can keep.

2.   Give them a welcome mat as a housewarming gift.  Leave a card that says you’re laying out the welcome mat for them.

3.   Make an address book for them.   Include neighbor’s names, addresses, and phone numbers.  Note which households have children and the ages of the children, in case your new neighbors have children.  Be careful about handing out children’s names without permission first.  Also include important local phone numbers like schools, doctors, dentists, etc.

4.   Introduce them to the neighborhood.  Put a packet of takeout menus from nearby restaurants, information on local: parks; shopping areas; clubs – i.e. running, book, etc.

By making your new neighbors feel welcome you will begin to have great new neighbors.  Remember 1st impressions are the most remembered.

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