4 Simple Ways to Welcome a New NeighborJune 16th, 2010 by Rachael Weiner
If someone new has moved into your apartment building, it’s a nice idea to welcome your neighbor. Welcoming a new neighbor can be mutually beneficial. The new person will feel more comfortable and welcome in his or her new apartment and you’ll potentially make a new friend or acquaintance. Plus, it’s always a good idea to know who your neighbors are. Knowing who resides in your building makes everyone feel more secure. Furthermore, you never know when you’ll need the help of a neighbor when you’re in a pinch. Here are some simple ways to welcome a new neighbor to your apartment building or complex.
1. Go Over and Say Hello
The simplest way to welcome a new neighbor is to knock on his or her door and introduce yourself. In circumstances like these, a friendly hello cannot do any harm. Most people appreciate the kind gesture and are open to meeting their neighbors. The worst that can happen is you get a bad vibe from the person. If that’s the case, you at least introduced yourself.
2. Bring Your New Neighbor a Treat
It’s pretty common for people to bring baked goods to their new neighbors when they move in, especially in the case of neighborhoods with houses. There’s no reason why the same can’t be done for neighbors in apartments. You can easily bake some cookies or brownies and bring them over to your new neighbor. It’s a nice gesture that will surely be appreciated.
3. Invite Your New Neighbor Over for a Meet and Greet
This is an especially good idea if you’re friends with other people in your building. You can arrange to have a small get-together in one of your apartments where your new neighbor can meet some of the other people in the building. It doesn’t have to be an over-the-top event. Have a few small snacks out and some kind of beverage. If you’re afraid it’ll be awkward, put a time cap on it. Invite people over for an hour before you have to be somewhere else. You can invite your new neighbor to come verbally or by leaving a note on his or her door. Typically it’s always best policy to actually talk to your neighbor. Written notes, no matter how straight-forward, can often times be misinterpreted. You don’t want to come off as creepy. Face to face interaction is best.
4. Offer Your Help
Offering your help goes hand in hand with a simple introduction, but it’s a great way to welcome your new neighbor especially if you meet that person on the day he or she is moving in. Offering to help carry some of your new neighbor’s furniture in is a kind gesture. Beyond that, simply letting your new neighbor know that your door is open if they ever need anything makes for the start of a nice neighbor relationship. Hopefully they’ll reciprocate!
Welcome your new neighbor the way you feel most comfortable. A simple hello introductiong and handshake goes a long way.
Rachael Weiner: I’m a communications professional for a non-profit, which financially necessitates my status as an apartment dweller. Constantly “on-the-go,” I’ve resided in five different apartments across the United States over the past five years. Roommate issues, budgeting, organizing and handling problem neighbors are my specialty.