Late summer is prime time for moving, second only to June. Those new neighbors, whether they're a family new to town, an older couple downsizing, or a fresh college graduate starting a new job, are likely to feel a bit overwhelmed. Between the unpacking and cleaning, making a home-cooked meal or even figuring out where to stock the fridge or pick up takeout, is low on their priority list. After spending the morning unloading boxes, wouldn’t you love to get a knock on the door from the person next door with a lasagna in hand, a guide to markets and restaurants in the neighborhood, or better yet — an invitation to dinner? We would!
If your kids came running in to tell you there are new kids moving in next door because they spotted a swing set being unloaded from the moving truck, you might be able to guess what they’ll come to you pleading, “Can we invite the new neighbors over to play?” Indulge your children’s wishes (and your secret eagerness to meet the parents) and invite the whole family over for an afternoon around the pool or sprinkler and lemonade.
If the person living next door is a recent graduate starting a new job in a new city, there is no better way to make them feel a bit more comfortable (and ensure they’re well-fed) then by sending over a basket filled with takeout menus from all the best places to order from, along with a bottle of booze, because after a long day in the office, no one wants to plan dinner.
Can’t imagine spending a weekend without a hike up your favorite nearby mountain and a picnic lunch at the top? Put together a list of all your favorite outdoor activities, pack a picnic, and then hand-deliver it to your new neighbors and encourage them to take a breather from unpacking.