One of the wonderful things about living in a nice community is the ability to get to know your neighbors. Neighbors can be a valuable resource, from being able to borrow that expensive tool to finish off a project, or someone to watch your home and gather your mail when your family leaves on a trip. It’s important to be a good neighbor to add value to your community and better your relationship with those living around you. Here are some useful tips on how to be a good neighbor.
- Be aware of your noise.
While it’s understandable that there will be noise when leaving for work, when the kids get home from school, or having guests over for dinner, but be aware of the time and avoid activities that can wait until the waking hours, such as mowing your lawn or playing loud music too late. A good rule of thumb is to keep it down from 9pm to 9am.
- Clean up after your pets and children.
Not everyone is a dog or cat lover, so clean up any droppings from your four legged friends. Also, let your children know to be respectful of your neighbors’ personal space, and to not leave their toys and things on another lawn.
- Borrowing items.
If you must borrow something from your neighbor, make sure to return it in a timely manner and in the same condition in which you received it. If you break it, pay to replace it.
- Throwing a party.
If your family is throwing a party, let your guests know not to park in front of someone else’s driveway. Consider inviting your neighbors to the event. Your neighbors are less likely to complain about noise and it will be a good way to get to know them better.
- Make yourself available.
Wave to your neighbors while watering your lawn outside. Make a point to go next door with a tray of treats and introduce yourself. Not only will it make you more comfortable know who’s living next to you, but it will make it easier to ask for favors when the time comes.
Do you have a good repore with your neighbors? What are some tips you use?