You never get a second chance to make a first impression. When you move into a new property, it is important to build a strong foundation for a positive relationship with your neighbors. The following tips outline the groundwork of good neighborly behavior.
- Get to know your neighbors. Introduce yourself to them when you first move in or early in the semester. Give them your phone number.
- Encourage your neighbors to call you first if there are any problems at your house such as loud music, litter, etc. Be respectful and responsive to their concerns.
- Offer to help your neighbors, especially if they are elderly, with such things as helping with groceries, raking leaves or running an errand for them. Good deeds cultivate goodwill.
- While your house/apartment may only be a temporary residence for you, remember that it is your neighbors’ permanent residence and that your actions correlate to their quality of life.
- Keep in mind that you are living in a residential community. Many of your neighbors will keep different hours and schedules than you and your peers. Families with young children will appreciate your understanding of this when it comes to noise levels, in particular.
- Parking tends to be a great concern of neighbors and can lead to town involvement if not conducted in a reasonable fashion. When friends visit, be sure to consider your neighbor’s property lines and use parking spots that are legal and safe.
- Avoid placing furniture on your front porch that is not intended for such use. Keep in mind curb appeal of your residence and the neighborhood, as a whole.
- If you are smoking outside, be aware of the location of your neighbors’ windows. Your voice and smoke can carry over.
- If you are going away for a break and your house will be empty for a period of time, tell your neighbors. Ask that they keep watch on your house and to call the police should they see anyone there.