10 Ways to Be a Good Neighbor and Build Community
A Strong Community Makes for a Safer and More Enjoyable Neighborhood
When you live in a neighborhood, it pays to have good rapport with those who live around you. Close-knit communities tend to be safer, happier neighborhoods and as such, they tend to lose far fewer residents.
Whether you’re moving into a new neighborhood or you have a new family moving in next to you, being the best neighbor you can be will help make your time in the community more enjoyable and satisfying. Here are ten easy ways to be the neighbor you’d want to live next to.
1. Be a Resource
When new people move into the neighborhood, they’re not always familiar with the area. You should help the new arrivals out by being a source of information. For instance, you can provide them with the names and numbers of reliable tradesmen, landscapers, and other service providers in the area. You can let them know which grocery stores are the best in town, and which gas stations they might want to avoid.
2. Invite the Neighbors Over
If you’re new to the neighborhood, you can invite your neighbors over so you can get to know them better. Let them know beforehand that you are not accepting housewarming gifts, and that you just want to host a social event with some refreshments so you can get to know your neighbors. As you get friendlier with your neighbors, you can start hosting dinners, game nights, and other get-togethers if you so desire.
3. Keep Your Home’s Exterior Tidy
Now that you are part of a community, you want to add to it, not diminish it in any way. Everyone in the neighborhood will appreciate you keeping your home’s exterior clean and neat. After all, you don’t want to be the one house on the block with knee-high grass and trash in the front yard.
4. Be Mindful of Your Pets
Pets can add beauty to a community or they can be a curse; it all depends on the pet owner. When walking your dog, make sure you keep them on a leash and always pick up after them. Make sure your dog doesn’t bark excessively when you’re not at home. Similarly, don’t let your cat roam the neighborhood. Remember, just because you love your pet doesn’t mean that everyone else will.
5. Follow the Community’s Rules
If you live in a community that’s overseen by a homeowner’s association, then you will need to comply by the HOA’s set of rules. Make sure you look them over so you can get familiar with what is required of you. Breaking them will not only see you being fined, but your neighbors won’t take kindly to your lack of responsibility, as well.
6. Help Out
Being a helpful neighbor benefits both your neighbor and yourself. If you see someone struggling with groceries or attempting to do a two-person job alone, then offer your assistance. Your neighbor will appreciate the help, and you’ll feel great by providing it.
7. Keep an Eye on Their Home While They’re Away
Once a level of trust has developed between you and your neighbors, you can offer to watch their home for them in the event they go on vacation or leave the home for a period of time. From watering the plants to feeding the pets to just keeping an eye out for suspicious people, you will give your neighbors peace of mind, knowing that you have their best interest in mind.
8. Shovel Their Driveway
If you’re home from work on a cold and snowy day and the snow is starting to pile up, then after you are done shoveling your driveway, head over and do your neighbor’s. When they get home from work, they will be so appreciative because they won’t have to go back out in the cold to shovel, or at the very least, you’ll lighten their load.
9. Be Respectful of Their Time
If you’re a talkative person, you should be careful you don’t take up too much of your neighbor’s time if you start talking to them. You don’t know what they have going on or what they need to do, and odds are they will be too polite to try and break the conversation. Be respectful and don’t hog your neighbor’s time or attention.
10. Discuss Any Issues Face-to-Face
It’s not always going to be heaven in your neighborhood. Issues or concerns can and will arise between neighbors. The important thing is that when they do come up, you should discuss them with your neighbor face-to-face. Don’t complain to other neighbors or via text or email. These are easy ways for your words to be misunderstood. Be respectful and try to work a solution out that benefits all parties.