You have chosen your new home and booked the Houston movers to relocate your family, but now it’s time to say goodbye to your old neighbors and hello to your new ones. This is a sad and exciting part of moving into a new home. You have to say goodbye to some of your favorite people who have been there in times of need (cup of sugar) and fun times (backyard bbq).
Moving into a new home surrounded by homes full of people you don’t know is intimidating to some and exciting to others. What if they don’t like you… What if you don’t like them? Well the only way to find out is to get yourself out of your comfort zone and FIND OUT! Don’t be afraid to get you and your family out there and meet the neighborhood. This is a very exciting opportunity to possibly meet your new best friend or child’s new playdate!
As a Houston moving company we move people in and out of neighborhoods daily, and move ourselves and we have a few do’s and don’ts for meeting the new neighbors we hope will help.
Houston movers do’s and don’ts for meeting the neighbors.
Do get you and your family out of the home! Even though you have a lot of unpacking and organizing to do in the home, don’t stay in there all of the time. Just getting out of the house is the best and easiest way to meet new neighbors.
- Grill out with the family is a great way to put your family outside and visible to your new neighborhood. It is a great idea to make extra food and take some to a neighbor of your choice or even go next door and invite them to grill out with you. It is a chance to start a new family and neighborhood tradition.
- When you are sorting and unpacking your garage, leave the door open. You may even get offers to help!
- Wash the cars with the family. You know the neighbors are looking out their window checking out the new comers. This may give your neighbors the chance to come meet you.
- Garden if the weather permits. This kills two birds with one stone. You get a beautiful garden out of it and you may meet your next gardening buddy. If you need to borrow any gardening tools, look for the house with the nicest yard.
Don’t make a bad first impression. The worst thing you can do is leave Fido outside late the first night in your new home, barking and carrying on. This may make you the talk of the neighborhood watch meeting, and not in a good way. Just think about what your neighbor’s may think about things. Try not to leave trash outside or be excessively loud and let your teenager’s friends sit outside honking their horns loudly. You may not be sending the right message to the neighbors you hope to befriend.
Do just go and introduce you and your family to the new neighbors. Now is not the time to be shy, get your family out of the house meeting people. There are easy ways to strike up conversation with questions about your new neighorbrs and what they like in the neighborhood.
- Get the family baking. Nobody will turn down brownies or cookies. The best excuse to walk up to a neighbor’s door is to have goodies for them.
- Ask your neighbor to take a walk with you. Everyone needs a walking buddy!
- If you need to borrow something, ask! Of course, always bring it back right away and let them know that they are open to come to your home when they are in need.
- Ask your neighbor their opinion on local schools, restaurants or parks. Most people appreciate being asked.
Don’t paint your house pink or neon green! You know what we are talking about, don’t make some crazy change to the outside of your house. It is a good idea to learn neighborhood guidelines for the exterior and yard of your home. Follow these guidelines. There is a reason you picked this neighborhood and now is not the time to go against the crowd.