Whether you’re living in a house or an apartment, your relationship with your neighbors can positively or negatively impact your overall living situation. If you’re on good terms with your neighbors, your life would be more at ease and it can provide numerous benefits. However, if the relationship you have with your neighbor is a negative one, it can make your life frustrating, day after day. To keep the relationship a healthy and friendly one, here are a few tips to being a good neighbor.
Introduce yourself. You have to start somewhere, and introducing yourself is a good place to start. Whether you are the new neighbor or there is a new neighbor moving in, put forth the effort to say hello and give or ask for pointers of the area. Let the neighbor know where you live and offer any advice you can. If possible, bring a new neighbor a cake or pie to welcome them.
Be mindful of shared walls. If you live in an apartment, townhouse or condo, you probably share a wall with your neighbor. Be aware of your noisy household appliances, such as washing machines, TVs, speakers, etc. Position those items away from the shared walls. If you live above someone, consider putting rubber matting underneath your appliances to muffle the noise. Also, your neighbors who live below you can hear you walking around, so avoid stomping or wearing high heels indoors.
Control your pets. While taking your dog on a walk, keep it on a leash. This will keep your dog from excitedly running up to your neighbors, as not everyone is a dog lover. Additionally, be sure to clean up after your dog while on walks. If your dog is particularly noisy, seek advice from your vet to determine the best way to keep your dog from barking or whining throughout the day.
Have good parking etiquette. If you have an assigned spot, be sure to park in that spot. If you have visitors, let them know to park in the designated visitor spots. Be sure to not block your neighbor’s access, and also be conscious of your parking. Don’t park too close.
Think about curb appeal. If you have a yard or a small garden, keep it tidy. Weed your garden and mow your lawn regularly. Be careful when applying pesticides as it may harm your neighbors’ children and pets.
Alert your neighbors of parties. If you plan on throwing a party at your place, be a good neighbor by letting your neighbors know of the plans. Give them a few details such as the time the party will be starting and what time people will be leaving. Leave a number for them in case they need to ask you to turn the music down. If you get along with your neighbor, you can invite them to the party, too.
Pick up after yourself. Throwing your trash away can be an inconvenience when living in an apartment. However, it is not good practice to leave your trash bag outside of your door all day. It is unappealing and stinky. If you push your trash out to your curb, be sure to only push it out the night before pick up, at the earliest, and pull the trash can back in after collection.
Communicate. Communicating with your neighbors will always be the key to success. If there is an issue, bring it up with your neighbor, as opposed to leaving sticky notes or even worse, retaliation. Keep your neighbors in the loop of parties, cook-outs, etc., especially if it affects them. Additionally, let your neighbor know that it is okay for him/her to approach you if he/she has an issue with something you are doing. As a good neighbor, be sure to notify your neighbors of things you have noticed around the neighborhood. This could include anything from yard sales to suspicious activity to special events.