How to be a Good Neighbor

Every neighborhood has its own personality. Some feel like a large extended family, coming together to host street parties while other neighborhoods are filled with people who keep to themselves. Regardless of your neighborhood’s personality, if you want to live in a good neighborhood, you have to be a good neighbor. Here are some ways you can be a good neighbor and encourage others to do the same.

Introduce Yourself

Nothing is more welcoming than introducing yourself to your neighbors. For families new to the neighborhood, allow for some time after they move in to introduce yourself if they haven’t already. This is a great opportunity to officially welcome them to the neighborhood and start to get to know each other.

Have you’ve been living in your home for a while and still haven’t met your neighbors? Don’t let the awkwardness stop you from introducing yourself! It’s worth pushing past the discomfort and break the ice.

Keep Up Your Curb Appeal

An unkempt yard can reduce property values for the entire neighborhood. Don’t let your house become the “ugly one” on the street with an overgrown lawn, peeling paint or broken windows, or toys scattered in the front yard! Do your part by keeping your yard and home’s exterior neat and tidy. If you’re unable to mow the lawn or maintain the exterior of your home, hire a lawn service or a neighborhood kid to help.

Host Respectfully

A good host is a respectful host, not only to your guests but also to those who live nearby. Keeping music and noise to a reasonable level is basic common sense, especially if your party stretches into the evening. Something that’s often overlooked is parking! Make sure your guests don’t block a neighbor’s driveway and let them know where they can park. Giving your neighbors a heads up before a party never hurts. They’ll appreciate knowing what to expect! If you’re having a large party, consider extending an invitation to your neighbors so they can join the fun.

Be Pet-Friendly

Pets are a great way to meet new people, but they’re also a great way to alienate others! Be a responsible pet owner by taking care of your pets. Make sure they remain secure in your home or yard, clean up after them, and be mindful of any barking or other noise. Remember, not everyone is an animal lover so be mindful when coming in contact with other people.

Our neighborhoods impact how we feel about our homes. When people make the effort of being neighborly, you’ll start to feel more connected to your community and enjoy your home more. Remember the golden rule still applies!

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Tips for Buying a Pet-Friendly Home

Girl petting her dog in front of their new homeFor many of us, our four-legged pets are part of the family. There’s no denying they often hold a special place in our hearts! Just like you consider the needs of each of your family members, it’s important to think about what your pets will need in a new home as well. Here are a few tips to make sure your new home is not only people-friendly, but also pet-friendly!

Consider Your Pet’s Needs

When thinking about the features you need in your next home, don’t forget about your pets! Be sure to consider your needs now and in the future.

  • Flooring. Look for a home that is built with durable flooring. Most homeowners opt for engineered hardwood, tile, or laminate flooring instead of carpet since they are easier to clean and keep cooler during warmer days.
  • Layout. Consider the home’s layout while touring. Make sure your pets will be able to easily move from room to room and that there will be plenty of room for everyone (and their stuff!). Be sure to consider your pet’s age and physical abilities: do you have an elderly dog that may have trouble navigating stairs? If so, a multi-level home may not be the best idea.
  • Yard space. A fenced-in yard is the top feature most homebuyers consider, especially dog-owners. Make sure the fence is sturdy and does not have any gaps that could lead to potential escapes. Also check that the plants are non-toxic.

Research Local Rules and Regulations

Be aware of any local rules and regulations that may restrict the number or types of pets you may have. Just because you own your home doesn’t mean your pets may be welcomed! Be sure to check with your city and state for breed-specific laws and limits. There may be additional requirements for pet owners to follow.

Find a Pet-Friendly Community

You’ll want to make sure your neighborhood is welcoming to pets. When touring homes, check out the neighborhood and see if there are any other pet owners in the area. Seeing other pets in the neighborhood is a good sign that pets are welcomed in the neighborhood. Be sure to notice how much street traffic is occurring as well!

Also take note of any pet services or amenities near your home: are there sidewalks or a dog park where you can safely walk your dog? Are there any veterinarians, pet sitters, groomers, or walkers nearby? How close are pet stores? Knowing if these amenities are close by will make it easier to maintain your pet’s health and happiness.

Find Great Pet-Friendly New Construction Homes

Finding a home that’s comfortable for every member of your family is possible! At Hayden Homes, we build attractive, friendly communities in Idaho, Oregon, and Washington. Get in touch with us today to learn more about our brand-new homes for sale in the Pacific Northwest. We can’t wait to help you find your dream home.