What does it mean to be a good neighbor? Here are 10 ways to be a good neighbor.
1. Say Hello
It may seem obvious, but the first step to being a good neighbor is to introduce yourself and your family. Greet neighbors by saying sharing a simple hello. You can even host a community get-together for everyone to really get to know each other in the neighborhood. Welcome new neighbors and show hospitality towards existing ones.
2. Be a Courteous Pet Owner
Properly looking after your pets will easily make you a good neighbor. Be courteous to your neighbors by keeping pets leashed, controlling barking, and always cleaning up after your dog. For more tips on being a responsible pet owner, click here.
3. Offer a Hand
Be helpful and offer your neighbors a hand when needed. Help an elderly neighbor bring in groceries or house-sit for your neighbors when they are on vacation. Your kind efforts will certainly be appreciated and your neighbor will most likely return the favor.
4. Be Mindful of Your Neighbors
Don’t disrupt your neighbors with loud noises. Turn your music down and quietly close car or house doors. If you’re planning on staying out late one night, try not to make too much noise when coming home. Being a good neighbor means being friendly, considerate, and respectful.
5. Look Out For Each Other
Good neighbors always look out for each other. Whether it’s a simple favor like grabbing a package off your neighbor’s front porch or watching out for any unusual activity in the neighborhood, your efforts certainly won’t go unnoticed. At the end of the day, it’s nice to have neighbors you can count on.
6. Maintain Curb Appeal
Not only will a messy-looking yard make your home look untidy, but it will likely drive your neighbors crazy. By pulling weeds, picking up after your kids, and decorating your front porch you could have the best looking home in the neighborhood. Keep your home, landscape, and garden in tip-top shape!
7. Create Space
Next door neighbors make great friends, but it’s also important to create some space between each other. Life is busy and sometimes we don’t always have the time to chat. Respect each other’s property and set healthy boundaries between neighbors.
8. Avoid Being Nosy
Noone likes a nosy neighbor! Similar to giving your neighbors some space, avoid snooping around your neighbor’s property or asking intrusive questions. Be a respectful neighbor and mind your own business.
9. Don’t Be a Rule Breaker
Be a good neighbor and follow the rules! This means adhering to HOA guidelines or complex rules and regulations. Having a good understanding of the rules set forth in your neighborhood makes it easy to follow them. Plus, it will help you stay on good terms with your neighbors.
10. Stay in Touch
Don’t be a stranger. Stay in touch on what’s happening around the community through social media groups or neighborhood text messages. Make friends with your neighbors by sharing recipes, family news, home tips, and more!
Nothing is more frustrating than dealing with terrible neighbors! Follow these simple and easy tips to being a good and respectful neighbor.