Are You Sad To Leave Your Old Neighborhood? Have A Goodbye Party!

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Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Elite

 

Brentwood TN Real Estate

 One of the most painful things to do is say goodbye. This can be true whether you are moving to a new neighborhood, across town or especially out of state.  You probably have become friends with most of your neighbors as well as the check out clerk at the grocery, pharmacist, lawn boy etc.  Telling them goodbye can be a tough thing, especially for the kids.  You can make saying goodbye to the old neighborhood a fun time by throwing a party! It is always fun planning a party!  You may feel overwhelmed with all you have to do with getting ready for the move, but sometimes it is good to just say, "What the heck" and do it.  This is not going to be the typical party anyway. You will need to pick a day which is as close to the moving day as possible.  Generally a week before is a  good time.  Although many times you will find a moving party can be fun if it is on the day you are moving, if you are just going across town, you have probably already taken care of most of the details of the move. The only thing left to do is pack up and load the truck.  Everyone can pitch in and help, then the caravan can follow you to the new house where everyone can help unload and unpack!  Afterwards you can all relax in the new house with drinks and sandwiches, talking about the great times you all had at the old house!  This gives you a chance to show off the new house and get some decorating ideas as well.

 You will want to make sure when you are saying goodbye to have an address book handy.  You can write down every one's address, phone numbers, and e-mail addresses so you can stay in touch.  There was a time when moving meant saying goodbye forever.  Now you are only a few clicks away with the help of the Internet.Note; A great idea is to have several sheets of  blank address sized labels handy. Have your guests write down their name , address and email on a label, from there it is a quick fix to put the labels in your address book and voila you are done! No trying to remember where you put the pieces of paper you wrote them on or time consumed with copying each one into your address book. Simple and easy are the rules of the day!

 By establishing safe e-mail accounts for the children, they do not have to give up childhood friends if they are changing schools.  They can still stay in contact with their old friends by e-mailing them and sharing the new experiences at school and in the neighborhood.  This is a great way of making lasting friends.  A long term friendship can offer stability as a child grows up and in this age of technology distance in miles does not have to mean distance in heart! There are some friendships you form which last a lifetime.  By staying in contact after the move, you can ensure this will happen.  These are the friends you will grow old with.  These are the ones who will be more like family as time goes on.

 Make sure to take plenty of pictures.  You will always want to remember the wonderful things that happened in the old neighborhood and the old house.  You can put together a scrap book of these memories so you can look at it later when you are feeling homesick or just missing someone. A great and easy idea is to buy several "throw away" cameras and give them to guests as they arrive, encouraging them to snap their own "candid" shots, you can then either let them develop the film or develop it yourself and send copies. Either way your friends will love this idea and so will the kids!

Moving does not have to be a hard, painful experience when saying goodbye to your old friends.  You can stay in contact much easier now than ever before! You just need to take the time to do it. 

  So don't be sad, get the word out that you are having a party
 and watch as precious memories are made, perfect to take along
to your new home!

Vanessa Stalets
Brentwood TN Real Estate
RE/MAX Elite
615-957-6333/615-661-4400

 

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Rainmaker
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Vickie McCartney
Maverick Realty - Owensboro, KY
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Vanessa, I have recently moved from Brownsville, TN to Owensboro, KY and I wish I would have done all the things you said above!  Great idea.
Apr 12, 2008 06:20 AM #2
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Angie Ridley
Complete Realty, LLC - Flint, MI
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I love it. 

I offered to do a "Welcome" party for some clients once.  It got way out of hand.  They had a band in the garage (with nieghborhood approval), BBQ and I brought the cake.  

I was going to supply a simple party, they had a blow out.  It was fun, they were happy and I was invited to network!

Apr 12, 2008 06:26 AM #3
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Steve Scheer
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We are attending a farewell party tonight actually.  The kids especially need it I think!
Apr 12, 2008 06:49 AM #4
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Jan Evett
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Vanessa,

This is a great idea.  I've never thought of it ... I love it.. think I will try putting this into the mix.  You've been writing a lot of posts this week... excellent!  I've not been feeling well, and have had a lot of stuff going on... keep up the good work, and I'll catch up with you soon. :) 

Apr 12, 2008 08:37 AM #5
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Jan Evett
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BTW, I love the header ... I just cannot figure out how to do the header or photo for a custom background... I keep reading those posts with instructions...  maybe I'm just not running at full capacity.. I'll figure it out later! 
Apr 12, 2008 08:39 AM #6
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Vanessa Stalets
RE/MAX Elite - Brentwood, TN
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Thanks Vicki, it is a great way to have some fun instead of tears.
Apr 12, 2008 11:14 AM #7
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Vanessa Stalets
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KY Vickie- Next time you will know! :.)
Apr 12, 2008 11:14 AM #8
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Vanessa Stalets
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Angie- Yes, I have seen those parties. Never did one though...
Apr 12, 2008 11:15 AM #9
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Vanessa Stalets
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Steve- Yes, kids especially need some fun mixed in with the farewells. It helps to ease some of the fear and sadness.
Apr 12, 2008 11:16 AM #10
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Vanessa Stalets
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Jan- So sorry to hear you are feeling poorly. Hope it is not anything serious. Let me know how this idea works out!
Apr 12, 2008 11:17 AM #11
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Jan Wood
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Vanessa:  I'm always ready for a moving-in party or a moving-out party as long as you are going to bring the cake!!  This sounds like a marvelous idea... really, I've never heard of a moving party, but I like it!!
Apr 12, 2008 12:49 PM #12
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Vanessa, great idea and I love all the tips, what a great piece of information to go into a selling packet, especially if the home seller is close with all the neighbors, they might not have thought of it at all. 
Apr 12, 2008 03:08 PM #13
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Vanessa Stalets
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Jan- I will be glad to bring cake! Yum! Moving party, packing party, goodbye party. Have a party, any kinf, it makes it more fun!
Apr 13, 2008 12:25 AM #14
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Vanessa Stalets
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David- Thank you for the compliment, feel free to pass it along!
Apr 13, 2008 12:26 AM #15
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Melissa Grant
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Very creative ! Great job Vanessa !!
Apr 13, 2008 02:24 AM #16
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Vanessa Stalets
RE/MAX Elite - Brentwood, TN
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Melissa- Thank you, these tips can work for many different types of parties as well!
Apr 13, 2008 04:11 AM #17
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Gita Bantwal
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What a great idea. Thanks for sharing some great tips.
Apr 13, 2008 10:57 PM #18
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Karen Kruschka
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Vanessa,  That is an excellent suggestion and I am sure it makes moving easier, especially if you've been in the area a long time,  Karen
Apr 14, 2008 10:12 AM #19
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Vanessa Stalets
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Gita- You are welcome! Thank you for stopping in and reading!
Apr 14, 2008 10:19 AM #20
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Vanessa Stalets
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Karen- You are getting around today huh?! Yes, it makes it a little easier, especially on the kids!
Apr 14, 2008 10:20 AM #21
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