Don’t Be a Nasty Neighbor!

Managing Real Estate Broker


We all live SOMEWHERE. And most of us call where we live “home”. Most of us also have neighbors. Some of us love our neighbors. Some of us hate them,  however, wherever we go we are going to have to deal with people who are also calling a space close to us “home”.

1. Mow your lawn!

Seriously. Just mow it. It's not a protected wildlife area. If you can’t roll off the couch to do it yourself, Hire a neighborhood kid!Description: Description: Description:

2. Shut that darn dog up.

There is nothing worse than trying desperately to get some sleep and having to listen to someone's dog all night. I mean, if I thought that a dog was actually barking at a robber, I'd be fine with that. But that's never what is going on. Bring Fido inside if you're one of those people who "don't hear him when he barks." Let him sleep with you since you love him so much.

3. Park in front of your own house.

You have a big party and people park in front of my house... no problem, I get it. That's why I am such a great neighbor to have. I love a good BBQ. However, don't park your twenty-two year old hunk of junk outside my front door just because you have nowhere else for it to go. Get rid of it if you don't drive it anymore. Donate--it's a tax write off!

4. Send me an invite to the party, or at least warn me.

If you're going to fill up the street with cars and have the music over 90 decibles, at least give me a bit of warning first. Let me know so that maybe I can plan a trip. Or at least go check into a hotel. Or even better, invite me. If you're going to deprive me of sleep until who knows hour, then the least you could do is offer to entertain me while I am forced to be awake. Feed me burgers. Let me drink your Coronas. Something!

5. Take your nasty garbage out on garbage day!

Pretty simple, really. The stench coming from your rotting garbage makes everyone want to puke, particularly those of us down wind. Same goes for the doggie turds you haven’t yet bothered to scoop up off of your back lawn.

Maybe this is just to blow off steam, BUT to NOT do these things is not only rude,  but could also have the city after you…especially if I call them!


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Mark Loewenberg
KW of the Palm Beaches - Palm Beach Gardens, FL
KW 561-214-0370

don't clear all your edges so I can see into your house!  had to put up a new row of bushes now... haha

Apr 15, 2012 11:45 PM #1
Todd Hays
Exit Real Estate Professionals - Spokane, WA

Those are all great tips if you are talking in first person, because we all need to be more considerate, and the only person we can control is our self. You may have missed the most important one: Tolerance. Personally, I do pretty well on all the other points, and I am working on tolerance. Not so easy. 

Apr 15, 2012 11:51 PM #2
Joanne Tarantino
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Knight & Gardner Realty - Key West, FL
CRS, Realtor

Great tips! I especially agree with the dog, I'm a dog lover, but nobody wants to lie in bed listening to someone elses dog barking at all hours of the night becuase their owners are too lazy to bring them inside.

Apr 16, 2012 03:59 AM #3
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