Summer Social – Meet Your Neighbors

Summer’s in full swing and we’re always asked about the best way to meet the neighbors. Well, we’re taking the guessing work out of it for you. Here are our 5 ‘Must Do’s’ when it comes to being the social neighbor.

1) Introduce Yourself When You’re Settled In: It can be a little awkward smiling across the way when you’re the new guy in town, but taking some initiative will take the guessing work out of the silent exchanges.

2) Be Prepared: Since you’re new to the neighborhood, people are bound to ask you the ‘W’s’. Where’d you move from? Who’s living with you? Being prepared to answer accordingly will help ease the nerves of the first conversation.

3) Be the Host: Now that you’re moved in and organized, invite people to stop by one night for a hot dog (or beer). A cookout now may just win you neighbor of the year and some long-lasting friends.

4) Be Courteous: Don’t be the neighbor that throws a giant, loud party the first week you move or cranks up the lawn mower at 6AM on a Saturday. That will begin to shape the rest of your relationship while living there. A simple way to think about it is, don’t do what you feel would potentially bother you!

5) Ask for Advice: Your neighbors have lived there longer, so a good way to break the ice is to ask for advice. What’s a good lawn care service? Around what time does trash pick up come? Do you recommend a good plowing company? It shows you’re planning on being a good home owner, and gives you an excuse to chat!

Here is a link to our recent newsletter where we talk about meeting the neighbors. Check it out! 

How to Enjoy the Last Days of 2015 in Grand Rapids

It is not uncommon to have a whirlwind of holiday family, friend, and work obligations to make the last several days of the year blend together into a slightly hazy mix of tinsel and tins of cookies. Here are some relaxing things you can do in Grand Rapids before the year is over to have a few final pleasant
memories of 2015.

  • Take a Carriage Ride through downtown Grand Rapids to Rosa Parks Circle Treesee all the lights and the beautiful tree!
  • Ice Skate at Rosa Parks Circle (weather dependent).
  • Take a Tour of Christmas and Holiday Traditions Around the World at Frederik Meijer Gardens.
  • Hike the Blandfold Nature Trail (this is a little more magical with a fresh coat of snow on the ground).
  • Stay toasty by the fire while overlooking the lake and enjoying a drink or meal at Rose’s or Bostwick Lake Inn.
  • Check out the Holiday Planetarium Show at the Grand Rapids Public Museum.
  • Take an evening drive to tour a few of Grand Rapids many beautiful neighborhoods to see their light displays (hopefully everyone has power by now). Pick up some ice cream from Furniture City Creamery or some coffee from Rowster to make the drive a little more cozy.

Please let us know if you have any other helpful suggestions. Whatever you end up doing with the end of your year, please enjoy them and be safe! Happy Holidays!

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