Neighbor Etiquette 101

Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker Evergreen Olympic Realty, Olympia WA

I see a lot of neighborhoods, and there is always that ONE neighbor that stands out (but not in a good way).  Nearly all of my buyer-clients want a well-maintained neighborhood with “nice” neighbors. 

But what does it take to be a great neighbor and have that great neighborhood?  It’s pretty easy.  Here are the top issues I hear about what owners don’t like about that ONE neighbor.  (I know this isn’t you so feel free to give this to that ONE neighbor!)



Mow your yard

Having no curb appeal is a top complaint from your neighbors.  It’s a great feeling to drive through a neighborhood that is well-maintained and it should make you happy, too, to drive up to your home.  If you are not happy when you pull into your driveway, start by mowing, weeding, edging and sweeping the front.  Pick up the toys from the front yard.  Clean the gutters and wash the windows.  Paint your home.  Fix the fence.  Strive to be the best house on the block as that is contagious!  


Street parking wars

If you are a guest or the homeowner, be mindful where you park and how you park.  Some neighborhoods are very particular about this.  Follow any posted signs and don’t block driveways.  Park as close to your home as possible.  Although street parking is open to anyone, homeowners get a little possessive over the parking space in front of their home.  



Along with parking, if you are entertaining at home with a lot of guests, plan for where they will park.  Be a good neighbor and let your neighbors know you are hosting a big event. Keep the noise down and end the party at a reasonable time.  


Be a responsible pet owner

Leaving pet waste in someone else’s yard shouldn’t have to even be mentioned but it happens all too frequently.  Walk your dog on a leash, pick up after your dog and don’t put the dog’s poo bag into someone else’s trash can.  Irresponsible pet ownership is probably the biggest issue I hear amongst my clients.  


Don’t be the neighborhood gossip

Sometimes this is easy to do especially on neighborhood Facebook pages or HOA sites but gossip just isn’t helpful or needed.  If hard times fell upon you, you wouldn’t want that blasted to the neighborhood.  Be kind and keep the gossip to yourself.  


Follow neighborhood rules

There are rules set in place so that the entire neighborhood can have peace and enjoyment.  Most neighborhood rules revolve around excess noise, home and yard maintenance, parking of extra vehicles, boats and RVs, and speeding.  Most neighborhood rules are just a recitation of common sense and should be easy to follow.


If neighbors and neighborhood rules just aren't for you, call me today and I'll help you find the next perfect house (on acreage!).

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Francine Viola, Realtor
In Tune with your Real Estate Needs


Serving Buyers and Sellers in Olympia, Tumwater, Lacey and DuPont, WA

Coldwell Banker Evergreen Olympic Realty, Inc.  |  Olympia, WA


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Gwen Fowler-CRS- 864-638-3599 SC Mountains & Lakes--
Gwen Fowler Real Estate, Inc - Salem, SC
Gwen Fowler Real Estate, Inc.

It doesn't take much to be a "Good" or "Bad" neighbor. But it does take consistency to stay a good neighbor. 

Oct 25, 2018 10:45 AM #1
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

I am glad to live in the country. I don't have o deal with so any idiots

Oct 25, 2018 11:41 AM #2
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

These are great tips and should be common sense to being a good neighbor. 

I can remember having an outdoor party with a DJ and didn't realize that the echo to the valley below was like playing at the Hollywood Bowl!  I got a visit from the police at 10: 05p.  Never did that again! Sometimes it takes a neighborly comment to help us through it.

Oct 25, 2018 01:46 PM #3
Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

There are at least one of these in every neighborhood. The weeds in the flower bed drive me crazy but not enough to stop and offer to help. :)

Oct 27, 2018 06:03 PM #4
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Oh yes. Wish I could say I miss living in a neighborhood, but I don't. Haha. Great list here on what we should all do as good neighbors. 

Oct 29, 2018 02:55 PM #5
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