What kind of neighborhood do you want to live in? A neighborly place may seem rare these days, but we’re seeing a sense of community becoming more and more important to home buyers.
Here are some tips on HOW TO BE A GOOD NEIGHBOR
1. Be open and welcome new comers
It can be awkward starting a conversation with a random stranger, especially if you’ve been neighbors for months, or possibly years. Would you be upset if someone showed up to introduce themselves with a bottle of wine or a plate of brownies? Probably not, so go for it! It doesn’t mean you’ll be best friends for life, but at least you’ll know who you’re waving good morning or good evening to.
2. Strike up a conversation
When you see a neighbor doing yard work or walking their dog, strike up a conversation. Keep it light and avoid touchy subjects, until you get to know them better at least!
4. Be a good pet owner
5. Invite your neighbors to the party
Not every event you throw will be appropriate to invite neighbors. If you’re going to have a big bash, invite them. They may or may not come, but it’s less likely they’ll call the cops if you go a little late or a little loud. Host a block party or open house. Ask everyone to bring a specialty appetizer or beverage. Low cost way to get to know people and let them get to know you a bit.
If you know your neighbor is going through a hard time, why not help out by mowing their lawn for them? This kindness will do wonders for a great relationship. Imagine your lawn is getting long and you just can’t deal with it – what an amazing gift to come home and see that it’s taken care of.
It’s OK to ask for a hand every now and then, we all need help from time to time. But don’t take advantage!
No one wants to be “that guy” everyone avoids because they overstep boundaries. If your neighbor seems busy, don’t interrupt and keep talking when it’s clear they have things to do. If there’s something specific you need to discuss, ask “is this a good time?”
One great thing about neighbors is that there’s usually someone with that tool you only need once in a blue moon. Instead of buying it, friendly neighbors are usually glad to let you borrow it. If you break it, replace it. Don’t forget to return it in as good or better working order than when you borrowed it.