Someone has finally moved into the empty house next door, and you are at a loss as to what to do. You really want to introduce yourself to the new neighbor, but you are not sure what the proper etiquette is to use in this situation. Do you go over and introduce yourself now, wait until you see the new neighbor out and introduce yourself, or do you just wait on your new neighbor to approach you?
There are both ups and downs to waiting until you see your neighbor outside before introducing yourself. Some people value their privacy, and by waiting until you see your neighbor outside is a great way to avoid invading their privacy but what if your new neighbor is one of those people who is never outside? It could be weeks before you are able to introduce yourself.
When brought up many of my friends mentioned that they had wished that when they moved into a new neighborhood that the neighbors would have come over to introduce themselves. Many admit that after years of living in the same neighborhood they still have not yet many of their neighbors.
So if you have decided that waiting until you see your neighbor’s out is not the way you want to go, and that you would prefer to introduce yourself sooner the next thing you have to decide is when to do it. Do you go over as soon as you see them unloading their truck or do you wait a few days until they settle in, and when you do go over do you take a “Welcome to the Neighborhood” gift with you?
It seems one of the most popular “Welcome to the Neighborhood” gifts that you can take with you when meeting your new neighbors is homemade baked goods, with cookies and baked bread being the most popular choices. Flowers and candles also make great welcoming gifts. Another great idea is to order a pizza for the new neighbors, this is especially nice if you do this on one of their first days in the new house because this is when they are most likely to be overwhelmed by their move and cooking dinner is one of the last things on their mind. Wine is a popular choice, but it could be hit or miss if the family does not indulge in alcohol or it could go against their religious beliefs, in which case it could set the wrong tone for all future relationships with them.
If you do take a gift to your new neighbor to introduce yourself, another nice touch is to attach a small card or handwritten note that includes your name and phone number so that the new neighbors have a way to get in touch with you if they would like.
Whatever you decide to do, a small introduction could go along way in your relationship with your new neighbors, and could really make a difference in their day.