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welcome new neighborsIf you’ve seen a house in your neighborhood switch its sign from “For Sale” to “Sold” recently, you know you’ll be getting some new neighbors soon. Moving can be stressful and scary, especially when it involves having to meet all new people, find all new grocery stores and dentists, and learning the social customs of a new area. If you want to welcome someone into your neighborhood, here’s some tips and tactics for making the transition into your neighborhood as clean and painless as possible.

An address book. Imaginably, your neighbors will have questions about their new neighbors, especially if they’re looking for child care, house sitters, or carpool partners. Offering your new neighbors a list of all the homes, the names of the families, and ways the families may be able to help out is a huge weight off your new neighbor’s shoulders.

Food and snacks. Who can be stressed with a homemade cookie in their mouth? Of course, be careful of potential allergies, but for families moving into a new area, a dinner or dessert they don’t have to prepare is a welcome respite from the hours of unpacking and reorganizing all their possessions.

Pantry items. Since your neighbors are still in the throes of figuring out where all their stuff wound up, they may not have a fully stocked pantry and supply closet and may have trouble finding the time to beef it up. A welcome basket of laundry detergent, febreze, bagels, and dish soap would be a huge relief to your new neighbors.

A box of take-out menus and some reviews. Rather than making your new neighbors guess and test every single pizza place that pops up on google, assembling a box of all the local takeout places as well as some simple reviews on sticky notes would cut down on a lot of stress. You could even make a small gathering where everyone brings menus from their favorite places and spends an evening passing them around and adding a sticky note with their two cents.

A calendar of local events & trash days. Instead of sending your new neighbors on a wild google hunt for trash days and things to do, give your neighbors a list of events and municipal policies on trash and recycling. One less thing to do.

A list of clubs, churches, and community hubs. For people looking to get involved and integrated into their new community, a list of ways and places to meet local movers and shakers would be a good place for your new neighbors to start reconstructing their network of friends.

An invitation to the next neighborhood party. If you know of a Mary Kay party or a child’s birthday party, extend an invitation to show that your new neighbors are a part of a community that welcomes them and wants them to feel at home, even if they’re brand new.