When you move into a new home in a new neighborhood you always have a choice. Are you going to be a good neighbor? Or.. a bad neighbor? You remember the good neighbor, right? That go-to person on the block who always had the tool you needed to borrow, when you needed it. Better yet, this person would offer to do the work for you, expecting nothing in return! And as an added bonus, you could always trust them to retrieve your mail or look after pets when you were away.
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Some people say that being a good neighbor is becoming a thing of the past. We think otherwise. So, as part of National Good Neighbor Day, we’re going to help you be a good neighbor. All you have to do is follow these simple good neighbor do’s and don’ts!
- Don’t allow friends or visitors to park in neighbors’ parking spaces
Imagine the frustration of coming home after a long day to an unfamiliar car in your driveway! Save your neighbor the trouble of asking your friend to move, and let your friend know where to park their car.
- Do keep lawns clean, tidy, and free of clutter!
Lawns that are mowed frequently and kept clear of clutter will improve the look of the other homes in the neighborhood. Maintain your lawn, and keep neighborhood property values nice and high!
- Don’t participate in neighborhood gossip
Don’t feel the need to be a social butterfly and gossip about the other neighbors. You might make the wrong impression and hurt someone’s feelings!
- Do make a positive first impression
Be neighborly. You may end up living next to this person for years! So, introduce yourself and make a positive impression. It’ll help in the long run, and it’s always good to be able to put a face and name to the home!
- Don’t let dogs bark excessively in the middle of the night
Sometimes dogs just bark, but your neighbor might not be as apt to sleeping through it as you are! Try your best to keep dogs quieter during the night to respect the sleeping schedule of your neighbors.
- Do keep pets contained
Pet’s are great, and your new neighbors probably love playing with your dog, but that doesn’t mean they will enjoy cleaning up after his mess! So, always consider your neighbors when walking dogs, and clean up after any messes they make.
- Don’t play loud music late at night without considering the schedule of other neighbors
Your neighbor probably loves AC/DC as much as you do, but that doesn’t mean they want to listen to it at 1:00 a.m. When you notice your neighbor leaves at seven o’clock in the morning, keep the music at a lower volume at night.
- Do keep other neighbors in mind when having parties
Whether you plan on inviting your neighbors or not, keep them in mind when having people over for a party. By doing this, you’ll not only ensure a good time for all of your guests, but you won’t have to worry about noise violations.
- Don’t repeatedly ask to borrow things, unless it’s really needed
It’s okay to borrow the lawn mower or snow blower from your neighbor if you get it back to them on time, but try not to let your neighbor feel taken advantage of!
- Do return any borrowed items within a reasonable time
Make sure to return any borrowed items when you’re finished! You’ll make your neighbor happy, and maybe even get to borrow again! Also, you never know when your neighbor might need to use it!
Remember, a good, safe neighborhood is built on the relationships of its neighbors! Make a positive first impression, keep your neighbor’s best interest in mind, and maintain your lawn and home, and your neighbors will appreciate it. When you make an effort to be a good neighbor, they return the favor!