Today is “National Good Neighbor Day” and with that being said here are 14 tips from WikiHow.com on how to be a good neighbor.
1. Introduce yourself.
Whether you are new or your neighbor is – introduce yourself. Say hello and give a small welcoming gift (home baked goods never fail). If you are new to the area ask about a favorite restaurant or when the trash gets picked up. If you are the local offer that information before the newbie asks.
2. Be considerate of your neighbors’ lifestyle.
Get to know your neighbors in a sense of what do they do for a living or what their schedules are like, and share with them yours. This way you can try to remedy any time problems that could occur. For instance if they work nights, try and be quiet in the morning. If you work early mornings let them know so they can be considerate at night. Knowing these things early can help keep the peace later.
3. Be aware of shared walls.
This is really important if you are in a condo, apartment, town home or any other dwelling that you and a neighbor may share walls. Try and keep any loud appliances away from adjoining walls if possible, such as a television, stereo, or washer and dryer. If you live above someone putting something under the appliance like a rug or rubber mat will help defer the noise.
4. Control your pets.
Not everyone is a dog lover like yourself. If your dog has a tendency to wander, keep them on a leash until the neighbor is comfortable. Also make sure to clean up after them if they happen to mess in their yard. If the dog is a barker, do what you can to keep it to a minimum. You don’t want this causing problems with your neighbor. A dog’s bark who wakes someone or overpowers the noises in their house can cause bitterness.
5. Practice parking etiquette.
Make sure that when you park your car you are not blocking their way of getting in or out of their parking area. Make sure to keep the vehicle noise down when it is late at night or early in the morning. Also try to avoid shining headlights in their windows at late hours. Always park in front of your home, not theirs.
6. Alert your neighbor when you are having a party.
If you are planning a party, give your neighbor a heads up. Let them know when it will start and how long you expect it to go. Give them your phone number so if the noise starts to get too much they can call you instead of law enforcement. If you get along with your neighbors, invite them to the party!
7. Keep your lawn and garden tidy.
Weed your garden regularly, because not only can they be unsightly they can also spread to your neighbor’s yard. The same goes for mowing your yard – do it regularly. Keep flowers, trees and bushes maintained as well. Before spraying pesticides on your lawn make sure your neighbor does not have a problem with it. Always put your lawn equipment away once you are done. If anything, keeping your lawn nice may help your neighbors do the same.
8. Control your barbecue, bonfire or backyard fire.
Try and position them where smoke and smell will not directly blow onto their property. This falls in line with the party step, notification is always helpful.
9. Put your garbage and lawn clippings out on the right days.
Only put your trash out on the day or night before it is to be collected. Make sure to bring in the cans as soon as you are able to. If you share a trash area, try and keep your area as clean as possible. Also as your garbage cans begin to smell wash them out.
10. Communicate with your neighbor.
Touch base with your neighbors regularly and keep them in the loop. Keep your channels of communication open so that if anything is bothering them they feel comfortable reaching out to you, and vice versa.
11. Be aware of your surroundings, and theirs.
Whether you are in a “neighborhood watch” community or not, keeping an eye out for unknown people acting suspiciously around you or your neighbor’s property will help keep your area safe. When in doubt call the local authorities to help keep any criminal activity at bay.
12. Offer a helping hand.
Offer to pet site while they are out of town, include them in a garage sale you are having, or invite them over for a bite to eat. They will do the same for you in return.
13. Share neighborhood news.
Whether it be good or bad give them a heads up. Let them know of events, crimes, special events or anything else that may be going on that they may not be aware of.
14. Be nice to your neighbor.
Even if you don’t want to be best of friends with your neighbor, being nice can go a long way to make living in your home a little more enjoyable.
Being nice to your neighbor will in turn make them nice to you. Happy “National Good Neighbor Day” today and every day! “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?”