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House Warmings: Making the Right Impression in Your Neighborhood

If some reports are to be believed, not many people have any sort of familiarity with their neighbors anymore. Remember the days where people (allegedly) went around to a neighbor to borrow some sugar or milk? Apparently, they no longer exist.

In fact, quite often, when someone does move into a home nobody else even realizes. Sure, there might be a removal truck, but if that is missed then it doesn’t look as though anything has changed.

One easy way to get around this, and ultimately make life in your new home much more welcoming, is to throw a house warming. This doesn’t have to be a large affair, but through today’s post we will take a look at some of the best things you can do in a bid to impress the neighbors, and hopefully make plenty of allies in your area at the same time.

Be as casual as can be with the dining experience

You’ve only just met most of these people, so the last thing you want to be doing is offering a formal dining experience.

On the contrary, this needs to be as casual as possible. A buffet will suffice, and an informal one at that. Sure, you can create some talking points by putting out unique food like Mexican candy, or snacks from other nations but beyond that, you don’t need to go overboard.

Make it an open house

Everyone leads busy lives, and this is the reason why an open house is the best way to go with a house warming. By doing this, you are effectively allowing people to drop in – no questions asked. They don’t have to arrange their day around a set time, and they don’t need to feel under pressure to stay hours on end. Do this and you’ll notice that your numbers increase – and it also means that you’re not going to get a barrage of guests arriving at the same time.

Give the neighbors plenty of time to respond

As we’ve just alluded to, everyone is busy. It means that invitations need to go out weeks in advance. If you leave things until the last minute, the party could look embarrassingly sparse.

Give everyone a tour

Nobody will ever admit it, but all that a lot of people want is to have a quick nosy around your home.

They want to see how it compares to their own place, or what you have changed since their old neighbors have moved on.

Don’t be stubborn with this; give to them what they want, and they’ll go home happy.