Guide for Being A Good Neighbor
If you have ever moved to a new neighborhood or town, you will know that new neighbors can either make or break the experience for you. A smiley, or grumpy, face can quickly set the tone for your expectations on the neighborhood.
If you find yourself in the fortunate position of being able to give a warm welcome to a new family moving into your community, why not take up these tips from a moving and storage company in Durham to brighten their day?
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Get them connected – A simple piece of paper with emergency numbers on it can have an immediate calming effect on someone who finds themselves in a strange new place. Take a moment and write down a few contact details of the area’s most important people: the local hospital or doctor, the nearest police station, and even include your number if you are ok giving it out. Try to assess their needs, and write down numbers to suit that too. If they have a pet, include the number of a vet you would recommend. A local family restaurant (include at least one that delivers), or even the address of or a map to the closest grocery or convenience store can help them out of a tight spot. If you have a fridge magnet to spare, pass that along to your new neighbors as well so they can immediately pop your note onto the fridge for everyone to see.
Lend a hand – Without intruding, find out whether the new family needs help of any kind. This is a sensitive time in their life, and there’s no telling what they might need. Make a polite inquiry, and be willing to do whatever they ask of you – move a couch or take the dog for a walk. If they have children, offer to distract them and keep them safe by telling them stories about the neighborhood or playing with them in their new back yard. If the new neighbors have pets, offer to babysit the animals while they settle in – animals are often anxious by such big moves and it may help to keep them calm removing them from the chaos. If you can afford it, why not feed the family that night by inviting them over for dinner or have food delivered, so they won’t have to dig for pots and pans in their new kitchen.
Make them proud to be local – Change is scary, and it helps to be reassured that you have made the right choice for you and your family by making the move to a new neighborhood. Reassure your new neighbors that they could not have chosen a better place by showing off the neighborhood a bit. A packet of brochures for clubs and organizations to get involved in, the local newspaper or a few menus from the local favorite restaurants will make them feel right at home. If they can find something as simple as that to connect to, be assured that they will find their feet quickly. If your neighborhood has a famous food that the locals are mad about, take the new neighbors a sample of it to introduce them to it right away. Your pride at being local is sure to rub off on them.
Remember that moving house is stressful. Offer your services, but remain respectful of the family and their current situation as they may want some time and privacy while settling in. Often a friendly face in a strange place is enough to put someone at ease.
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