Neighborhoods are different now than they used to be. Between technology and safety concerns we have completely evolved from the neighborhood mentality many of us remember, but that doesn’t mean we can’t put forth a little effort to still be good neighbors in 2019.
Don’t Be That Noisy Neighbor
If your home is an apartment with common walls, be mindful of how much noise you’re making and when. Remember, some of your neighbors may even have young children who are napping. Avoid hanging pictures too early in the morning or late at night. No matter where you live, keep music and television noise levels reasonable. Don’t power up the lawnmower at 7 a.m. on a Sunday morning, and avoid loud conversations outdoors at night.
Avoid Neighborhood Gossip – Online and In Person
It’s great to be on speaking terms with your neighbors but it’s important not to engage in conversations that involve other people. Don’t be the neighborhood gossip. If you happen to know something personal about your neighbors, keep it to yourself. Be discreet about what you share regarding your neighbors on your social media accounts, too. There are neighborhood apps that can be great for building community, but they can also be gossip traps. Be careful!
Be Respectful If You Have Pets
Make sure that your pets don’t infringe on your neighbors’ peace and quiet. Train your dog not to bark incessantly. Don’t let your dog bark every time your neighbor leaves their house to get in their car. Either keep your dog on a leash or have an invisible fence or actual fence installed. Don’t let your cats stalk your neighbor’s bird feeder.
Don’t duck your head and avoid eye contact when you encounter a new neighbor. Instead, make light conversation and introduce yourself. Neighbors will feel more relaxed around you if they know your name and a little bit about you. You don’t have to share every detail, but just enough to establish a common ground.
Keep Your Home in Good Condition
Keep up with outside maintenance on your home. Replace porch light bulbs and trim hedges. Mow your lawn on a regular basis. Don’t leave out lawn clutter like toys or gardening tools.
Being a good neighbor includes being respectful of property boundaries and the rights of others to have an attractive neighborhood. By holding up your end of the bargain, you not only make everything more enjoyable for you and your family; you also set a good example for all your neighbors.Let us help you find your perfect home in the perfect neighborhood.Contact Mandy McGuire Real estate today.