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Are You Good Neighbor Material?

September 26, 2016

The old adage, ‘Good fences make good neighbors’ may be true, but what are some other ways to make sure you’re on the good list? In honor of Good Neighbor Day September 28, we’re sharing some helpful tips on how to get along, and then some.

Six Ways To Keep The Peace 

During the homebuying process, you (and your trusty home inspector) get to scrutinize every last detail of your home down to the foundation and crawl space. However, you rarely get to check out your soon-to-be neighbors prior to getting your shiny new house keys. Getting off on the right foot with those closest to you (physically speaking) will help make your new digs your happy place for years to come.

1. Say hello.

We recommend introducing yourself to your new neighbors within the first month of moving in. It will seem more like genuine interest than an afterthought.

During your first meeting, do your best to learn the names of your neighbors, but don’t be afraid to ask again the next time you see them. They may very well have forgotten your name, too.

2. Share your contact info.

People make better neighbors when they communicate, so make sure you share your contact info with your new neighbors within the first couple of months upon moving in. (Hopefully, they’ll share theirs, too.) That way, if there’s a problem, a favor, or better yet, a neighborhood gathering, you can stay informed without the dreaded unannounced visit.  

3. Watch for patterns.

Does your neighbor work graveshift? Try to respect their sleeping hours by keeping noise to a dull roar. Does your neighbor host a large family dinner every Sunday? Do your best to leave street parking open for their guests.

4. Communicate.

We suggest giving your neighbors a heads up about anything that might affect them, including extended construction, a party or a new pet. They’ll appreciate the gesture, and may even return the favor.

5. Keep a tidy front yard.

Whether you have a homeowners association telling you to or not, keep a tidy front yard. It’s just common courtesy. No one wants to stare at your overgrown yard, your kids’ toys spread all over creation, or your pile of trash five days before pickup.

6. Offer up niceties.

If you’re so inclined (and once you’re settled), let your neighbors know that you’re available to take in their mail or pet sit as needed. Got a kid who’s looking for a little extra dough? Make sure your neighbors know about Johnny’s expert weeding service or snow shoveling prowess.

A Two-Way Street

What if the tables are turned and there’s been a recent addition to your hood? Remember that being neighborly goes both ways. Some welcoming (and welcomed) gestures include a quick introduction or any one of more than 1,000 ideas on Pinterest. (No need to reinvent the wheel, right?)

Our final point is that you don’t need to be or have a new neighbor to get out there and celebrate Good Neighbor Day, so go out there and spread the love.

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