Positive relationships with neighbors can create a better place to live for everyone in the neighborhood. When you know your neighbors and get along with them, you are all more likely to look out for one another. Plus, you can develop friendships that are easy to maintain since you live so close to one another.
A big part of developing positive neighborhood relationships is to be thoughtful and considerate about what you do. Sure, it’s your property, but what you do at your home does have an impact on your neighbors. Pulling out shrubs along the property line takes away your neighbor’s shade and some of her privacy, as well as leaving a potentially ugly bare spot.
Always consider how something will affect your neighbors. Talk to your neighbors first if you think something you’re going to do will impact them. If you’re hosting a big party that will be noisy and take up street parking, warn the neighbors ahead of time so they are prepared, for example.
Take Care of Your Home
You can keep your neighbors happy by taking care of the exterior of your home. The last thing your neighbors want to see is a lawn you don’t mow or a messy yard. Your neighbors might get irritated because it makes the entire neighborhood look unkempt.
Look Out for Each Other
Another way to be a good neighbor is by looking out for others. Keep an eye on the neighborhood to keep it safer. Do things for your neighbor to help out. If her trash bin is blowing around in the wind, move it back up by her house. If a storm breaks branches off of her tree, help her clean them up.
Getting out and talking to your neighbors can help build a positive relationship. If you’re always inside your home, you don’t have a chance to get to know one another. Chat with your neighbors when everyone is outside. Or invite a few neighbors over for a BBQ. Don’t form a clique in the neighborhood. Socialize with all of your neighbors so everyone feels included.
Has your neighbor gone above and beyond? Has she helped you with something or simply been a good neighbor? Let her know. Showing appreciation is a great way to build a positive relationship with your neighbors. You can show your appreciation with a simple thank you, a returned gesture or a gift.