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What is Proper Etiquette when a Neighbor Moves?

post #1 of 11
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Our next door neighbors are moving next week. We have known them for twelve years and they are the only neighbors we are more than a little friendly with. We never got together with the families, but I have met the Mom for lunch or coffee every so often and we were always there to take care of the other's house when either of us were away.

So, would you get them a going away gift? A card? Or what?
post #2 of 11
I would find out where they are moving to and if it local I would go visit them with a new house warming gift. If they are moving away far I would get them a card and a resturant gift card they could use while traveling or gas card. Maybe a little snack back for the car ride, a reusable bag filled with snacks and maybe games.
post #3 of 11
There really isn't any 'etiquette' that I know of...just do what you want. If you want to get them a going away gift/card - sure, go ahead. Although I know for me, the gift part would give me pause. What do you get? And then they have to deal with it for the move. But that's me. Honestly, I think it would be fine too to just say "you've been great neighbors!" and leave it at that! LOL! I would imagine it depends on your relationship with them. We've had neighbors move, good friends move etc - no gifts or cards were exchanged. We've moved etc No gifts or cards were exchanged. If we wanted to stay in touch after the move, we did. Kwim?
post #4 of 11
I would give them a gift card, to a nice resturant, that they can use during or after the move.
post #5 of 11
When we moved from Florida our neighbor gave us a gift card for take out pizza. It came in handy on moving day. I agree that I would not give anything that they would have to move with them.
post #6 of 11
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Originally Posted by Oregano View Post

There really isn't any 'etiquette' that I know of...just do what you want. If you want to get them a going away gift/card - sure, go ahead. Although I know for me, the gift part would give me pause. What do you get? And then they have to deal with it for the move. But that's me. Honestly, I think it would be fine too to just say "you've been great neighbors!" and leave it at that! LOL! I would imagine it depends on your relationship with them. We've had neighbors move, good friends move etc - no gifts or cards were exchanged. We've moved etc No gifts or cards were exchanged. If we wanted to stay in touch after the move, we did. Kwim?

This was kind of my thought too, but then I didn't know if I was being a lousy friend/neighbor by doing nothing.
post #7 of 11
I think it's their (for lack of a better word) 'responsibility' to let you know when they are leaving, then you can feel free to do whatever you like. A call, card, small token, etc. Anything (or nothing) is appropriate. When we left, I felt it was my responsibility to tell people the day we were leaving, since they had no way of knowing. No one got us a gift, (neighbor wise) which was just fine. It was good letting people know they day we were moving out so there were no surprises.
post #8 of 11
I like the food gift card idea. You ALWAYS eat out while moving at least once.

I do have a suggestion though, for the new neighbors... we moved in here and I had 2 neighbors bring over stuff. One brought coffee cake and one brought cookies! The best thing though is that they both listed their names and their kids names and ages on the thing and even put down their phone number in case we needed anything. I loved that. When the 1st family brought it to the door they introduced themselves, said they wouldn't stay long, but wanted to welcome us to the neighborhood. If they hadn't put their names on the card I would have NEVER remembered them! I LOVE this idea! It was VERY welcoming!
post #9 of 11
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Originally Posted by Stormy View Post

I think it's their (for lack of a better word) 'responsibility' to let you know when they are leaving, then you can feel free to do whatever you like. A call, card, small token, etc. Anything (or nothing) is appropriate. When we left, I felt it was my responsibility to tell people the day we were leaving, since they had no way of knowing. No one got us a gift, (neighbor wise) which was just fine. It was good letting people know they day we were moving out so there were no surprises.

Well, I know they are moving some time this week and I asked my neighbor to let me know when so we could say goodbye. I haven't heard back yet. Hopefully, they won't wait until they are in the driveway backing up to tell us.

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Originally Posted by SAHMto3boys View Post

I like the food gift card idea. You ALWAYS eat out while moving at least once.

I do have a suggestion though, for the new neighbors... we moved in here and I had 2 neighbors bring over stuff. One brought coffee cake and one brought cookies! The best thing though is that they both listed their names and their kids names and ages on the thing and even put down their phone number in case we needed anything. I loved that. When the 1st family brought it to the door they introduced themselves, said they wouldn't stay long, but wanted to welcome us to the neighborhood. If they hadn't put their names on the card I would have NEVER remembered them! I LOVE this idea! It was VERY welcoming!

Thanks for this reminder. It has been so long since anyone has moved into the neighborhood that I hadn't even thought of bringing over anything.
post #10 of 11
I think you're fine...you seem like such a nice person! So I wouldn't worry about it! When they stop over, you can tell them they've been great - get their new address so you can send them a holiday card and you're good to go!
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