No matter where you live, if you have neighbours nearby you are going to want to make sure that you are keeping them happy. This is obviously a two-way street, and you might have demands that you want them to follow too. But the important thing is that you are finding a way to live in harmony alongside them as best as you can. That’s better for your mind, better for your family’s wellbeing, and better for the local community as well as the wider world. So what does it mean to be a good neighbour anyway?
Looking Out For One Another
One of the main benefits of having neighbours is that you can all work to protect each other from common dangers. You might live in an area with a lot of burglary, for instance. As long as you are close to your neighbours, you can look out for one another and ensure that you are all much less likely to be the victim of a burglary. This is something that can prove to be very important indeed, so it is absolutely worth ensuring that you are offering your help to others when you can, so that you can also expect it in return further on down the line.
Keeping Noise Down
A common complaint - probably the most common - is when there is an excess of noise in the neighbourhood. Indeed, one of the absolute tenets of being a good neighbour is ensuring that you are not being too loud in your home or out in the street. There might be times when you do want to have a party, and the best approach is to invite the neighbours themselves and give plenty of warning. But beyond that, you will want to try and keep noise down generally as best as you can. If you can protect yourself and your property from neighbour noise complaints you will find that the community is a much happier one.
This is important in a couple of ways. First of all, you have the literal boundaries between properties. It is obviously a matter of law that these are to be respected, and you can’t simply go into your neighbour’s property - nor would you want them to do the same to you. So there is that kind of boundary, but there is also the metaphorical kind, which basically means you want to avoid stepping on anyone’s toes if you can help it. As long as you and your neighbours all do that for one another, it’s going to be a much happier neighbourhood all round, and you will feel as though you are offering a much better version of yourself to those people.
Those are just a few of the things that it takes to be a truly good neighbour, so you should make sure that you are starting with those at the very least. You might also want to go above and beyond, but start with these essentials and you will be in a good position.