How to Be a Good Neighbor
Tips for being a good neighbor
Do you want to get to know your new neighbors better? Maybe you’re looking to make new friends and find ways to be more sociable. Or perhaps you’ve heard stories from friends about dealing with bad neighbors and are trying to avoid a similar situation after a big household move. Either way, there are a few things you can do to keep the peace in your neighborhood!
Here’s a few tips on how to be a good neighbor:
- Stop and say hello. Start by introducing yourself. When you see your neighbors outside, give them a wave hello, and if you have a few minutes, stop by to chat. Being friendly to each other helps build rapport and keeps lines of communication open with your neighbor.
- Keep your neighbors informed of anything that might affect them. If you’re having company over and will need extra parking, if you’re remodeling and a construction crew will be around for a few days, or if you’ll be out of town and will have someone housesitting, let your neighbor know. It’s just the courteous thing to do!
- Exchange favors. When your neighbor is sick or out of town, you might offer to water their plants or walk their dogs. They can return the favor by grabbing your newspaper or keeping your mail when you’re away from home. It’s ideal to have each other’s backs.
- Follow the rules for parking, trash, noise and pets. Stick to city or housing association rules. Don’t give your neighbors reasons to be upset and complain about you. If there’s a unique circumstance, talk to your neighbors and see if there’s an exception to the rules before violating any policies.
- Handle disputes properly. Don’t let problems pile up with bad neighbors. If you have an issue, talk about it. Don’t bombard them with a complaint while they are trying to rush inside with their kids after work. Ask for a meeting time, and calmly go over your concerns. Try to reach an agreement and compromise that works for everyone.
Celebrate Good Neighbor Day on September 28!
Have you been living next door for a while and have yet to meet your neighbors? The perfect opportunity is coming up to say hello. September 28 is National Good Neighbor Day!