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.
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.
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.
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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