Whether you live in an apartment or a house, one important thing you might overlook is making sure that you have a good relationship with your neighbors.
Not only do you have to live in close quarters, but you never know when you’re going to have to come to them for help.
Cultivating and maintaining relationships with your neighbors is not difficult to do, so we’ve put together a list of ways to make sure they’re your number one fan!
It might be a small thing but just say hello. Introduce yourself to your new neighbors, whether you’re the one moving in or they are. You don’t need to have a long conversation, but just learning each other’s names is a good start. You can even put together a list of important local phone numbers and stores that might help them out. Or if you’re the newbie, ask your new neighbors for their recommendations.
Clean & Tidy
One important way to keep the neighbors on your side is to keep your property looking neat and tidy. People like to live in nice places and if you don’t do your part to keep yours that way, it can upset the people living around you. Simple things, such as tying your trash bags and making sure your lids are firmly on your trash cans - this can help make sure no garbage goes flying around your neighborhood. Stick to the allocated days for taking your trash cans out and don’t leave them in sight of everyone 24/7. Not only may this just be annoying to see, it could also be a violation of your housing association.
Keeping your lawn mowed and shrubs and bushes firmly in your garden rather than creeping next door, means that you won’t accidentally get a reputation as the people living in the messy home. The same goes for making sure that there aren’t bits of junk lying around your front lawn.
This can be as simple as making sure you don’t have ragers that last long into the night, or it can be setting some guidelines for your day-to-day tasks. Don’t vacuum early in the morning or late at night. If you know you share a wall with someone, don’t hang pictures at unreasonable hours - especially if you know they have children. Be considerate about neighbors with different schedules, and don’t honk your horn to announce your arrival at home. Before you do anything that makes noise, take a moment to think. Would it annoy you if someone else was doing it? Then consider doing it at a different time.
Sometimes, noise is going to be inevitable. Maybe you’re having a kid’s party, or maybe you’re remodelling the house. Give your neighbors plenty of warning so they don’t get a nasty surprise.
Maintain Shared Spaces
From picking up litter if you see it on the street or in the apartment building, to just making sure that you’re tidying up after yourself when you use amenities, take pride in the shared spaces in your neighborhood as much as you take pride in your home.
Almost every home has at least one car nowadays, with some having more than one. The issue arises when parking either isn’t included with the property or there isn’t enough allocated parking. You may have off road parking for one vehicle, but if you have more than one car in your household, and your neighbor is in the same boat, you’re gonna run into problems. And what about if you often have people visiting? Manners suggest you try not to park outside of your neighbors’ houses, but if you really have no choice, make sure you don’t make a habit of it. Maybe consider leaving them a note explaining, but definitely do not block them in.
There’s a difference between giving someone a heads up so they don’t put their foot in it, and just outright gossiping. If someone’s relative has passed away, that might be info that’s pertinent to share with others, but if you hear that a couple is having marital problems? Not your business and definitely not your information to share.
Responsible Pet Ownership
Pick up after your dog when they poop in the street - and do not let them poop on your neighbors’ yards. Additionally, don’t deposit their poop into a neighbor’s garbage can. It may not seem like a big deal to you but can really annoy people, causing them to resent you. If you have a dog who likes to sing the song of their people regularly, make sure that you bring them inside when you’re going to be out so as to not drive your neighbors insane.
It’s a Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood
Regardless of where you live, you’re likely to have neighbors. Chances are you’ll have some form of interaction with them too. Keeping your neighbors on your good side can only be beneficial, and you never know if you’ll make lifelong friends out of it.