When the moving vans roll up to the home that just sold down the street, brainstorm a thoughtful gift that will welcome the family to the neighborhood. Although you should wait until they appear settled into their new house before stopping by, a kind gesture will definitely get your relationship started off on the right foot.
Snacks and Treats
Since you know they’ll be in need of sustenance when organizing their new home, provide the neighbors with an assortment of goodies that they can munch on as they unpack. Receiving gift baskets for families will enable each member of the group to enjoy something inside. Consider adding fruit snacks, juices, candy and puzzles to keep the kids occupied, along with cheeses, crackers, chocolates and a bottle of wine for mom and dad.
Advice from the Locals
If your neighbors are from out of state or simply unfamiliar with the area, give them a file with helpful contact information so they won’t feel so lost. Consider such material as a list of your favorite local restaurants, your school district, grocery stores with the best selection, reliable home contractors such as air conditioning repair or a handyman, the best dry cleaner and neighborhood watch details.
Try to lend a hand to your new neighbors the unobtrusive way – enlist everyone on the block to compile a coupon book featuring offers to help the family when it’s convenient for them. Include suggestions that volunteer you for two hours of babysitting, one home-cooked meal, and an afternoon of cleaning or an hour of unpacking, for example.
Although your initial visit may be brief, take the time to introduce yourself and present your new neighbors with a gift that will make their move feel less stressful. Your small act of kindness will make a big impression on a friendship that may last for years to come.