New Homeowner Etiquette

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Know neighbor etiquetteThough moving is an exciting time filled with new beginnings, many new homeowners can also find the process stressful. If you have friends, relatives or new neighbors that have recently purchased a new home, make sure you are aware of the new homeowner etiquette you must follow. Author of 1001 Tips for Buying and Selling a Home, Mark Nash, offers a few tips on do’s and don’ts when it comes to becoming  new homeowner or being a neighbor of a new homeowner.


-Invite your friends and family to your new home by hosting a housewarming party. It is a great way to get your loved ones together and show off your new place.

-Welcome yourself to the neighborhood by introducing you and your family to your neighbors.

-If your new neighbors have pets, inform them about which dog owners in the neighborhoods allow their dogs off the leash.

-Recommend your favorite local spots, including dog groomers, grocery stores, hair salons and bakeries.

-Make sure your new neighbors are aware of any 24-hour general stores nearby in case of an emergency.

-Offer to get together with your new neighbors once they are settled by dropping off a small housewarming gift, including chilled wine or a gift basket.



-Do not tell your guests to bring housewarming gifts and do not register for housewarming gifts. If gifts are bought, open them after the party.

-Call before dropping in on new homeowners. Moving can be stressful and the last thing a tired, stressed homeowner wants to do is entertain casual company.

-Do not inquire about any financial information, including how much the homeowner paid for the house or criticizing that they underpaid.

-Do not gossip about other neighbors and do not gossip about the previous homeowners as well.

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