It’s deep into August, which is the busiest time of the year for relocating. Whether moving across town, across the country, or even moving from abroad, the act of picking up your entire life and readjusting to a new location can be very stressful. That’s why it’s always thoughtful to help out new neighbors who move into our Stepping Stone community. A simple, kind gesture can help reduce their stress!
So, besides waving at them from your driveway, here are ways to help welcome new neighbors to the community:
Put together a neighborhood cheat sheet.
Make a list of important, “good to know” information about our Stepping Stone neighborhood, like what day trash pickup is, fun things to do at the Lantern House, the best biking trails nearby, etc.
Create a welcome basket!
Get creative here. Pack up fresh vegetables, fruits, snacks, and sodas, though avoid baked goods, since you never know what allergies people have. Another idea is a basket of assorted cleaning supplies, since many people pack those up and may not have them handy when they first move in. And flowers are always a classy touch to help them spruce up their new digs.
Wrap up a bundle of takeout and delivery menus.
After an exhausting day of moving and unpacking, most people would rather order a pizza or quick takeout for dinner than cook. Make it easier for them to find what they can get delivered locally.
Put together a list of fun local recommendations.
Make a list of your favorite places to dine, shop, or go out for entertainment. If they have kids, make a list of places that are kid or family friendly.
Bring a bottle of vino.
Most people are very receptive to a bottle of wine or a six-pack of beer (make sure it’s Colorado craft beer!). Even if they don’t drink, they can always have it on hand for guests who do.
Organize a brunch or dinner.
At Stepping Stone, our houses are built to entertain! Invite the new neighbors (and old ones!) over to mingle. Have a cookout, make spaghetti, or even just enjoy cocktails. This allows you and your new neighbors to get to know each other better and find any common ground.
Remember, a friendly “hello!” is always a good ice breaker, too. Help the new neighbors feel welcome and they may repay your kindness with being a good neighbor back.