Have a New Neighbor? Do These Three Things

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When a new neighbor moves in on your street, there’s one thing you’ll want to do right away: Give a great big Texas welcome. You want the new folks to know that they’re welcomed and that you’re looking forward to getting to know them better. So, how do you make them feel right at home? Read on for three essential things to do when a new person or family moves in on your block.

1. Welcome them with some food. It’s always a good time to eat in Texas, y’all. Plus, nothing brings people together more than food. Whether you show up at your neighbor’s door with a batch of homemade muffins or a steaming pot of chili, food is arguably the best way to welcome a new neighbor. If you’re not up for preparing something from scratch, you can always get a meal to go. For a real taste of Texas, bring your neighbors something from one of the state’s top barbecue joints. They’ll appreciate the gesture, and you’ll have landed yourself a new friend.

2. Bring a bottle of wine. Most everybody appreciates a great bottle of wine. Not only is it a classic housewarming gift, but it also invites conversation. You never know if the new neighbor will invite you in to share a glass once he or she gets settled. Even if you don’t drink (or the neighbors don’t drink), it’s still a thoughtful gift that will make them feel welcome in the neighborhood. Here’s a roundup of some of the best Texas wines, whether you’re into reds, whites, or rosés.

3. Keep the connection going. Once you stop by to introduce yourself to a new neighbor, don’t let that be the end of it. Make a point to smile and wave, and maybe even offer to throw them a welcome-to-the-neighborhood dinner or barbecue. You could even put together a list of handy phone numbers they might need — perhaps contact information for your lawn-care provider, pool company, or babysitter. If you both have children, give the kids opportunities to get to know each other. Even if they don’t attend the same school, it’s always fun to have a friend living nearby.

Moving to a different neighborhood can be intimidating. Make the transition easier by being welcoming and helpful. Neighbors are people you’ll likely see often, so take some initial steps to greet them appropriately. Do you have new neighbors? How did you welcome them? Share below!



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