Having a good relationship with your new neighbors can be a vital part of making your new house feel like a home. Some neighbors can be apprehensive about new neighbors moving in and aren't sure what to expect. Here are some ways you can be a good neighbor and help make your community a happier, more harmonious place to live.
- Introduce yourself. After you get settled, introduce yourself to your new neighbors. Research suggests that asking people for advice or their opinions makes them like you better! So go ahead and ask your new neighbors for their coffee shop, pizza or entertainment recommendations. It can be a great way to get a conversation started.
- Be a responsible pet owner. Make sure you keep your pets in your own space and make sure you clean up after them. If you have problems with your dog barking too much, ask your vet or animal behavior specialist for input.
- Take pride. Your neighbor probably takes great pride in their community and wants its appearance and atmosphere to reflect that. Keep your yard tidy and well-maintained. Don't let trash or junk accumulate.
- Ignore gossip. Don't participate in neighborhood gossip, but DO pay attention to any neighborhood news. Let your neighbors know if there are any special events, crimes or neighborhood changes coming up in the near future.
- Social call. Invite your neighbors over for dinner, ask them to participate in your garage sale, clear the walkway for them on a snowy day or bring them some baked goods. Being friends with your neighbor can create a lasting friendship that can benefit the entire community.