If some newcomers are moving into your neighbourhood and you’re not sure what to do beyond the classic “Here’s a, umm, pie? Welcome aboard?” gesture, this guide will help with some great pointers on welcoming new neighbours.
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Getting to know new neighbours is something worth doing right. Unlike an awkward run-in at a social mixer if you muddle up your relationship building with a new neighbour they don’t go away at the end of the night. Over at the how-to site wikiHow they’ve put together a lengthy guide to forming a relationship with your new neighbours.
While we appreciate the suggestions they have for kind gestures — baking cookies, a house-warming present, inviting them over for dinner — our favourite suggestion was near the end of the guide. One of the more valuable things you can do for a new neighbour is to put together a cheat sheet for the neighbourhood. Write down all the important stuff that a new person wouldn’t immediately know about like what day the household rubbish is picked up, special events in the neighbourhood (block-wide garage sales, social events, etc) and other information specific to the neighbourhood that a new person might find out about after the fact.
Check out the full guide for great tips across the spectrum from “Here’s an apple pie!” to “Hey, rubbish pickup is on the third Thursday of the month.” Have your own tip or trick for welcome new neighbours? Let’s hear about it in the comments.
How to Welcome New Neighbors [wikiHow]