How to: Be a Good Neighbour

We’re flipping things around, from nightmare neighbours and boundary disputes, to how you can focus on yourself to get the best out of your relationship with your neighbours. It may seem like a chore at times, but a healthy relationship with your neighbour can save you a lot of aggro.

Meet & Greet

Like any relationship, communication is key. When you first move into your home you should always introduce yourself to your neighbours and if you haven’t, it’s never too late! This is the big factor you can control to help develop a healthy relationship with your neighbours. Make the effort to greet them every time you see them so it paints a friendly image of you in their mind. Always offer to help if you can because you will find it will be reciprocated in the long run. You don’t know when you will need your neighbours help until you need it. It’s best to already have a trusted relationship when you need help to make things easier. If you’re comfortable with it, exchange numbers for emergencies.

Keep Clean

They say never judge a book by it’s cover, but this is exactly what your neighbour might do if they haven’t been into your house before. Keep your garden and house clean so it doesn’t give any reason to affect your relationship with your neighbour. Some nightmare neighbours will be looking for things to moan about so keeping your property clean will minimise their complaining. Remember bin day so your rubbish isn’t piling up and attracting wildlife. If you have elderly neighbours it would be a kind gesture to take their bins out too.

Considerate

Consider what you would expect from your neighbour before you have any dinner or garden parties. The biggest dispute between neighbours is noise. Be mindful of the time and noise levels and if you believe you would be annoyed if your neighbour did the same, if so, it might be time to wrap things up. Your neighbours may be offended by inappropriate language or any gatherings that are causing a disturbance well into the night because no one likes being woken up. Keep noise to a considerate level.

If you have problems with your neighbours then try and diffuse them maturely and try to seek a middle ground after seeing both sides of the issue. It will make your life much easier because you could be neighbours for life. You never know when you might need them to take in a package for you or use that spare key to check if the oven was definitely turned off. Being a good neighbour can make your life easier and will be reciprocated.

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