How do you announce your arrival?

@whyaskq (7531)
Singapore
August 8, 2007 11:58am CST
When you arrive at the doorstep of someone's house, say the house belong to your friend, relative or neighbour, how do you let the occupant know you are here already? Do you press the door bell? Or Do you just hammer on the door? Or Do you shout loudly "I AM HERE!"? Or ..... How do you announce your arrival when you arrive at someone's house?
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8 responses
• Canada
12 Aug 07
It's funny but I rarely ring a doorbell. I always feel that I will be disturbing someone if I do... I think it stems back to when I had infants and a ringing doorbell inevitably woke them up once I had FINALLY gotten them to sleep. So, I always knock on the door. Unfortunately, this might set a dog to barking, which defeats my purpose in being quiet LOL If it's family I'm visiting, I might walk in... but I usually still knock or open the door just a bit and call out "it's me!" so they can let me know that it's appropriate to walk in. I wouldn't like to make someone embarrassed or uncomfortable because I walked right in when they had just gotten out of the shower or something of that nature.
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@whyaskq (7531)
• Singapore
15 Aug 07
You are really considerate. I too do not use doorbells nowadays after I woke up a frightened niece one day with the door bell.
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@maddysmommy (16233)
• United States
12 Aug 07
If they have a doorbell then I ring that, if not then I knock not too loudly but just enough hopefully for them to hear. My neighbor knocks hard and long on our door. LOL its annoying because everyone on our floor opens their door. Now we know her knock and sometimes ignore it LOL
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@whyaskq (7531)
• Singapore
15 Aug 07
Oh yes, I have encountered such before... Someone knocking at my neighbour's door and I thought someone was at the door. lol.
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@weemam (13377)
9 Aug 07
I knock at the door or I ring the bell , If it is my friend who is il I wait for her to call"come in"My Mum I walk in and call out "it's just me Mam " when I hear my grandchildren come in the back door I always call " there is noone in " lol , just a bit of fun , xxxx
@whyaskq (7531)
• Singapore
15 Aug 07
When my nephews come over, they will be screaming for their granny to announce their arrival. lol.
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@lecanis (16664)
• Murfreesboro, Tennessee
8 Aug 07
It depends on who it is, and whether I am expected. In most cases I would ring the doorbell when arriving at someone's house. However, I have friends whose homes I walk right into, if I'm expected, or knock on the door and then not really wait for it to be answered. It all depends on my level of intimacy with the person involved.
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@whyaskq (7531)
• Singapore
9 Aug 07
Well, that's nice to be able to walk right into one's house. I guess the person is equivalent to your own family members.
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@liranlgo (5748)
• Israel
9 Aug 07
it really depends on who is that someone that i am coming to, if this is a very good friend that i phoned him a bit before coming to visit, i just open the door and come inside the house without saying nothing. But usually my way is pressing the dooe bell, and saying: "this is me". :)
• Singapore
8 Aug 07
If the door is locked, then yes, I will of course knock or press the door bell. Otherwise, I will knock and walk in then announce my presence and wait for them to receive me.
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@navtech (1776)
• India
8 Aug 07
Dear whyaskq, Now a day If I wish to go to anybody's house, generally I will give a call to them over phone and find out their convenience if I can come to their house. In all cases they would welcome me. At a fixed time I would go to their house. Upon reaching their house, I just press the bell. Further every thing as usual.
@Lydia1901 (16353)
• United States
13 Oct 07
I just call out "Hello" and "Hi". They usually get someone's attention. I like to make sure that I am seen before I sneak up on someone. I don't want to cause a heart attack or something.