Whether you own your house or are renting, no one wants to be on bad terms with their neighbors. Building a good relationship is a lot easier than you think.
Tip 1: Be Friendly
Introduce yourself and make a point of knowing who lives on your street. Just a simple “hello” here and there will establish a good relationship. As an added benefit, being on good terms with people around you will make it more likely that they’ll speak with you first when there’s an issue, instead of complaining to someone else.
Tip 2: Lend a Hand
Small favors are the perfect way to build rapport. It can be as easy as helping them bring in their groceries, signing for packages, or watering their plants when they’re out of town. If you want bonus points, then ask them for a small favor. Asking for someone’s assistance or their opinion is a quick way to endear them to you. Showing them gratitude for the help will make them feel good and will make both of you more comfortable with communication.
Tip 3: Pay Attention
No one wants a nosy neighbor, but having another set of eyes paying attention to the comings and goings of the neighborhood is helpful. If you know that your neighbor is going to be gone, then you might want to keep an eye out for suspicious activity at their home. Look out for elderly folks that may not have relatives checking in on them. Creating an environment of watchfulness on your block will increase security and safety for everyone.
Tip 4: Be Respectful
We already pointed out that no one wants a nosy neighbor, and they certainly don’t want a noisy one, either. Barking dogs, unkempt lawns, and loud parties are all common complaints. Keep on good terms with everyone living around you by training your dog and stay on top of the yard work.
As for parties, there are a few tricks. You should give the people who live closest to you a heads up if you plan to have a party, and as Franklin P. Jones once said, “Nothing makes you more tolerant of a neighbor’s noisy party than being there.”
If you’re concerned that someone might report your party to the police, check to see if you can register your party with your city and receive a warning before the police come to break up your party. It gives you the chance to break up a party and could save you a costly citation.