When you become a new homeowner, you also become part of a new neighborhood. Although things are a bit different from the days of delivering casseroles and cookies, there is still a lot to gain from being a good neighbor.
For starters, you have the potential to make lifelong friendships. Your neighbors are people you see nearly every day, who better to have a pleasant relationship with?
If friendship isn’t in the cards, at the very least you’ve got someone who can look out for your home and be there for you in case of emergencies.
Tips on How to be a Good Neighbor
BestMichiganHouses.com knows part of enjoying your new home will come from also enjoying your neighbors – and we encourage you to take the first step! Here are some tips on how you can be the best neighbor on the block.
- Say hello: Go knocking on doors or wait for the moment to happen naturally, but when you get the chance, introduce yourself and talk about how excited you are to be part of the neighborhood. Even after you’ve met, always try to say hello and have an occasional conversation.
- Share contact information: Once you’ve met a neighbor and feel comfortable, exchange contact information. When you’re going out of town for a few days, you can ask that they keep an eye on your home. They can also be fast help in an emergency.
- Bring them a treat: It may sound old fashioned, but who doesn’t love a treat? Whether you’re new in town or have just lost touch with a neighbor, bringing them a sweet treat is an easy way to break the ice or let them know you’re thinking of them. Keep the treat simple and try to avoid using ingredients such as peanuts just in case of allergies.
- Plan your visits: As easy as it is to just show up at a neighbor’s house, it’s a good idea to send a text or make a phone call in advance to let them know your plans. Surprise visits can sometimes be unsettling, especially if they’re not ready for you.
- Be respectful: Respect your neighbors’ privacy and property. Don’t intrude on their space or personal life and return anything borrowed.
- Steer clear of gossip: As you start to assimilate into a neighborhood, there’s a chance that a neighbor or two might try to gossip about others. When this happens, try to divert the conversation to another topic. Getting caught up in this drama could lead to conflict, so it’s best to stay away from it.
- Keep a tidy yard: Even though everyone’s definition of tidy varies, you’ll keep your house looking great and your neighbors happy by regularly mowing the lawn and keeping up on other yard work.
- Offer specific help: “Let me know if you ever need anything!” seems like a nice gesture, but it’s very broad. If you know that a neighbor could use specific help, offer it and follow through. For example, if your neighbor is a little older, offer to help with yardwork in the spring or shovel their snow in the winter.
Keep in mind that each of your neighbors are going to be different and unique, so what works with one might not work for everybody. These simple tips will help you as you try to figure it out!
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