What’s one of the most sought-after characteristics of a good neighborhood? Great neighbors. It's comforting to have a door to knock on when you need a cup of sugar or someone to collect your mail and mow your lawn while you're away. Having great neighbors starts with being a good neighbor yourself. Here are a few neighborly guidelines to follow:
1. Keep up Curb Appeal: An ugly yard is an eyesore, and worst of all, it can bring down property values for everyone. Do your part by mowing your lawn, keeping clutter and debris out of the yard, and maintaining your landscaping regularly.
2. Get to Know Your Neighbors: Make an effort to introduce yourself to your new neighbors when they move in. Always greet them in passing with a wave or a friendly hello. Consider inviting your new neighbors over and introducing them to others in the neighborhood.
3. When Hosting Others, Be Respectful: Whether you’re having family over for a cookout, or friends over to watch the game—always be mindful and respectful to your neighbors. Keep noise at a reasonable level and mind where your guests' park. If you think it’s necessary, give your neighbors a heads up that you will be hosting an event.
4. Resolve Issues Calmly: Sometimes you might take issue with your neighbor. Whether it’s their dog barking late at night, they’re mowing their grass too early in the morning, or they’re installing a fence that you don’t like—it happens. In these instances, it’s important to deal with the issue tactfully. Try resolving the issue in-person, through a polite conversation. Always take the direct approach, rather than being passive-aggressive.
5. Respect Neighborhood Rules: Drive the speed limit, pick up after your dog, follow trash and recycling schedules, parking restrictions, and any other community rules. Most importantly, always follow city ordinances, especially those regarding noise. There’s nothing worse than being kept up all night by a noisy neighbor.
6. Keep a Watchful Eye: Whether you’re part of a neighborhood watch or not, be on the lookout for suspicious activity in your neighborhood. Keep an eye on neighbors’ homes when they go out of town, especially. Go the extra mile by tending to their yard or mail while they’re away if needed.
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