Why be a good neighbour?

The answer comes back to the old adage ‘do unto others as you would have them do unto you’.

Unless you plan to seek council permission for a 10m high wall, your neighbours will be part of your everyday life to some degree. You might as well make it a pleasant experience.

Here are a few tips to creating a friendly community in your neighbourhood and it all starts with a “hello”.

  • The first and most important step is to introduce yourself and your family – you never know, your neighbours might be able to feed your pets while you’re on holidays or bring in the mail.

  • Be aware of your projected noise - stereos and mowers are all manageable but have the potential to annoy neighbours if not handled politely. Having a party? Pop a note in the letterboxes of surrounding houses and warn them that it may be a little noisy for a few hours.

  • Be considerate and fair with parking – don’t park over walkways, on neighbouring lawns or take up too much street space.

  • Keep your garden in good condition – no one wants to live next to a scene from Jurassic Park.

  • Manage your pets properly – squawking birds, wandering cats at night and barking dogs will grate on everyone’s nerves.

Is there anything else you’ve done to be a good neighbour? Tell us about it here.

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