5 Qualities of a Good Neighbor
Unruly animals, loud music until all hours of the night, unkempt yards, and general hostility... These are just a few of the unpleasant qualities of a bad neighbor. No one wants to live with bad neighbors - or unknowingly be one! Home buyers can investigate local schools, parks, and restaurants, but it's harder to know what the neighbors are like until you are living in the home. Here's a couple of easy ways to make sure you are a good neighbor.
- Be friendly. Always present a smiling, friendly attitude while interacting with your new neighbors but be sure to respect boundaries as well.
- Respect quiet times. Generally accepted quiet times, such as early mornings or late evenings are a given, but be respectful of playing loud music or activities during other times as well. It's also nice to inform your neighbors if you plan on having a large gathering.
- Keep your home and yard clean. Your home's "curb appeal" is a reflection of you. Keep the appearance of your home up to the standards of the neighborhood.
- Watch out for your neighborhood. Help out by picking up newspapers when your neighbor is on vacation or offer to pick up packages that are dropped off.
- Handle situations like an adult. If an issue arises, address it quickly and maturely.
Ultimately, you can't handle how other people act - only how you respond. Set a good example by being kind and courteous. This builds community and makes for a pleasant experience for everyone involved. So be a good neighbor!