Being the new kid on the block isn’t always easy. With the stress of moving, on top of leaving an old life behind, a simple act of kindness can go a long way. Offering new neighbors a welcoming introduction to the neighborhood can make a world of difference when it comes to feeling accepted and supported in your new community. Here are four warm and friendly gestures that you can do to welcome new neighbors.
1. Say “hello”
The first few days of moving into a new place can be pretty overwhelming, so don’t expect a long conversation on day one. A smile and wave from across the street or a brief introduction in passing can make someone feel more welcome. A day or two after they move in, it’s appropriate to swing by to introduce yourself.
If you are looking to introduce yourself to your new neighbors without overstepping or making them feel like they have to take time out of their busy day to socialize, use this welcome tag to hang on their door. Whenever they have a moment to reach out, this welcome tag will encourage them to come to say hello.
2. Give housewarming gifts to welcome new neighbors
Who doesn’t love new housewarming gifts when they move into their home? There’s plenty of options to choose from including gift baskets, home-baked goods, or even your favorite dish.
While all of these ideas have great potential, bringing over a bottle of wine is always a safe bet. This avoids possible food allergies or giving something that your neighbors may already have.
Print out these cute wine tags to surprise and impress your new neighbors. Who knows, maybe the two of you could have a glass or two once the day is over!
3. Recommend local services and attractions
If your new neighbor has moved from somewhere far away, they probably need some relevant information on the local community. Sharing these local town staples with your new neighbor makes them in the know with their new community and they’ll look at you as a trusted resource.
Here are some examples of information to share with your neighbors to make their needs feel supported with resources in your area:
- Local services: Trusted representatives from lawn care companies, babysitters, car repair shops, dentists, and doctor’s offices will help your neighbor make necessary appointments.
- Local organizations: Inviting your new neighbors to join fun social groups to get involved with the community will let them feel accepted in their town.
- Local attractions: Whether there is an upcoming block party, a great new restaurant, or popular parks for your new neighbor to enjoy, share these attractions with your neighbor to give them the best experience in the new area!
While all of this information may be helpful, it can also be hard to remember at first. Offer your neighbor this neighborhood cheat sheet that they can refer to when seeking local advice or direction.
4. Welcome new neighbors with a houseplant pet
Plants can make a home feel a bit cozier and give your new neighbor a small responsibility to look forward to every day. Plants or flowers can liven up any room. What neighbor wouldn’t love cute succulents by their sunny window for all to enjoy?
When giving your neighbor a new house plant, include a plant care tag to help your neighbor keep tabs on their new house pet! Your neighbor can watch their new plant grow taller as they grow accustomed to their new neighborhood thanks to your help!
From acts of service to kind gifts, these kind gestures are great ways to welcome new neighbors to the neighborhood and inspire them to pass the kindness along down the road.