Get To Know Your New Neighbors

Dated: 09/02/2016

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The paperwork is complete and the keys have been handed over. It's time to move into your new house and you couldn't be more thrilled to make it your 'own'. You pull into the driveway with your moving truck in tow and see a middle-aged couple smiling at you from the porch next door. Oh right, something you may have forgotten - you have new neighbors.

With home ownership comes neighborhoods and getting to know the people in the community around you. Not only does getting to know your neighbors provide the possibility of a new found friendship, but it also provides a sense of security and well-being for the area you live in. It's not just to borrow a stick of butter when in need, but also to offer a sense of safety to watch for unusual activity, help when needing the extra tool you don't have or even a way to help your kids grow with developing family friends.

Ensuring you are welcomed into the area with open arms can begin by parking your moving truck in a way that won’t block traffic. Give the lady walking her a dog a friendly wave or say “hello” to the local kids playing road hockey in their driveway. If you are welcoming someone new into the neighborhood, share these ground rules with your family: 

1) Wait a few days to let them settle in

2) Be courteous and respect their privacy 

3) Leave a note with your contact info if they need assistance. 

More traditional? A care packagewith baked goods is a long held tradition we’ve been practicing for decades. In Colonial America, the pineapple became a popular gift symbolizing hospitality, although it might be odd to show up with one nowadays, there are a lot of pineapple-themed decor to gift as a more modern way of showing your knowledge of hospitality. 

So, what do you do if you’ve stumbled across the dreaded “bad neighbors”? Many neighbor disputes end up in court because of poor communication. Simple stepssuch as getting to know eachother, inviting your neighbors to the party you’re about to throw or documenting the issues before authorities get involved can provide a solution. These steps and more, can often assist in settling rough waters between the two of you.

Moving into a new area isn’t always easy, but by using these tips, you’ll be able to keep moving into a new house an exciting one for all of the people involved!

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