Moving into a new house means meeting new neighbors. If you’re either looking at purchasing a home or moving into a new house altogether, then you’re likely to run into your new neighbors sooner rather than later. Depending on where you live and who lives around you will depend on how friendly you are, but regardless of how well you know your neighbors, there are some common etiquette tips to follow.
Here are our tips to good neighbor etiquette.
It may go without saying, but you’ll never get to meet your neighbors without introducing yourself first. Granted, some folks are friendlier than others and may seek you out first, but it’s a good practice to be proactive and be the greeter.
Introducing yourself gives you an opportunity to get to know your neighbors early on in your move as you get settled in. This can be extra helpful if you need a helping hand or some advice if you’re new to the area or new to town. You’ll likely find that most neighbors are willing to help.
Be Helpful and Ask for Help
As you get used to your new home, you may need a little help along the way. There’s nothing wrong with asking for a little help from your new neighbors but bear in mind that you shouldn’t ask too much. Simple directions, borrowing a proverbial “cup of sugar”, or asking for a tool is perfectly acceptable, but don’t ask your neighbor to help you build a fence.
On the flip side, offer to be of service to any of your neighbors that may need a helping hand. You don’t have to go out of your way to engage in remodels or construction projects, but offer to help unload groceries, mow the lawn, or care for your neighbors’ pets while they’re away.
Perhaps one of the biggest aspects of good neighbor etiquette is being courteous. We all have to make a little noise, may have some friends or family over, or otherwise be a little invasive with our activities, but be courteous when doing so.
Naturally, keep the noise down to a reasonable level and only during times that are appropriate. If you know you’re having a family gathering or some friends over, then let your neighbors know if things might get a little loud or if vehicles may block the street. If you know your neighbors well enough, then invite them over for a drink or dinner with your friends if it’s appropriate.
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