Meet The Neighbors: Tips on Welcoming New Families

on September 25, 2015


New Kid on the Block

Spotted a moving truck on your street? September 28th is National Good Neighbor Day, and we've got the best tips and tricks for you to help make your new neighbors feel right at home.


Just Drop By

In the midst of moving madness, your new neighbors might not consider coming over for an introduction. Take the first step by introducing yourselves-you can bring a small gift, but try to keep the conversation short and lighthearted, especially if they've got lots of work to do.


Neighborhood Move-In

If your new neighbors seem to be doing all the moving in on their own, offer help with moving them in. Connect with other people in your neighborhood and ask if they'd be willing to pitch in, too-it will help move-in go that much quicker and is a great way to build community.


Offer Expert Advice

What are some of the things you wish you'd known when you first moved in? Create a list of important info, such as whether your neighborhood has a neighborhood watch program, trash collection day, etc.


Be Helpful

Sometimes the best way to be a good neighbor is to just ask! Maybe your new next-doors need some help watching the kids or running an errand. During those first few days, your help could make all the difference in a good transition.


Kid Friendly Care Package

If the new family has children, why not make them a kiddy care package? Include some fun treats and activities like coloring books or puzzles to help keep them busy during the chaos of moving in.

Mommy Gaga

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What are things you always need during move in, but somehow forgot to bring? Help your neighbors avoid the extra stress by giving them a basket full of the essentials: cleaning supplies, disposable utensils, a tool kit, and snacks.


Welcome Mat

Another great gift for neighbors? Their own personalized welcome mat! It's a simple and easy way to give their house a personal touch and let them know that they are definitely "welcome" here.

Pearls, Handcuffs, & Happy Hour

Take Out Basket

Nobody has time for cooking in the midst of move in. A care package filled with take-out menus, coupons, and other helpful information is an incredibly useful welcome-to-the-neighborhood gift.


Give Some Green

Bring a little green to your new neighbors home with a potted plant gift! An easy-to-care-for plant is a great addition to a new home and a wonderful way to show that you care.

Good At Everything

Housewarming Gift Basket

Everyone misses the little comforts of home while they're moving into a new house. A gift basket with a candle, your favorite baked treats, a gift card to a great restaurant in town, and a mug with tea bags is a great welcome gift.


A Dinner Invitation

Nothing brings people together better than a home-cooked meal. Invite your neighbors over to dinner: it's a great way to get to know them and they'll appreciate being able to worry about one less thing.


Show Them The City

After your neighbors have had a chance to settle in, offer to take them on a tour of the city. Show them your family's favorite spots as well as some fun historical areas or facts.


Help Them Get Connected

Book club on Wednesday? Golfing on Sunday? If you've got a hobby that your neighbor might be interested in, invite them to a group or club you're part of. It will help them get to know people better and feel more at home.


Invite Them to an Event

A favorite local festival or neighborhood block party is an ideal welcome for your neighbors to their new city. Send them an invite or host one of your own!


Respect Privacy

As much as you'd like to shower your new neighbors with gifts and advice, remember to respect their privacy, too. Moving can be a stressful transition, and sometimes the best gift you can give is a little space. With these things in mind, you'll be making your new neighbors new friends in no time.