Remember the first time you moved into a new neighborhood as an adult? It’s certainly an exciting time, but can also be a stressful one. First, there’s the stress of moving – but there can also be anxiety and nervousness with meeting new neighbors and friends.
We can all sympathize with this feeling, which is also why we encourage you to welcome new neighbors to your community. It’s an incredibly nice gesture, and can help ease the stress of moving for new residents, especially in our Solomons Island community.
There are also some practical benefits associated with welcoming new neighbors. Giving a good first impression can lead to a solid friendship, which can benefit you down the road. For example, your neighbors might help watch after your house when you’re on vacation, pet sit your furry friends, or simply be there for you when you need an extra hand.
Check out our recommended tips for getting to know your new neighbors!
Tip #1: Make a First Impression
It’s as simple as walking up to the new neighbors’ door, giving it a knock and introducing yourself! However, you may want to wait a few days after they’ve moved to give them some time to settle in the community. Consider forming a neighborhood welcoming committee to join you if you’re more comfortable introducing yourself with others around.
Tip #2: Prepare a Welcome Basket
Consider creating a welcome basket – which could include a map of Solomons Island, tips for things to do and places to see like the Annmarie Sculpture Garden, and gift cards to local restaurants like the town favorite–Tiki Bar! Stop by the Visitors Center in Solomons Island for ideas and maps you can include in your welcome basket.
Tip #3: Bake or Cook Your Favorite Dessert or Dish
One of the most popular methods for welcoming new neighbors is to bring over a dessert or dish! And we’ll let you in on a secret – it doesn’t have to be made from scratch. Just be considerate of any possible food allergies when you’re deciding what to serve.
Tip #4: Host a Welcoming Party
If you love to plan events and entertain, this could be the perfect option for you! Host a welcoming party – whether it’s dinner, cocktails, or brunch – for the new neighbors. Invite a handful of other neighbors to help the new residents feel right at home!