Back in college, you probably didn’t think much about your neighbors, until they called the cops, your landlord, or the city on you. Now that you’re a full-blown adult with your own place, think beyond your own four walls to the people who live next door and across the street from you. Here are some simple ways to be a more considerate neighbor.
Say Hello and Offer To Help
If you’ve just moved into the neighborhood, take the initiative to introduce yourself to your neighbors. Approach them when they’re outside doing yard work or hanging holiday decorations and offer to help—being friendly and helpful is a great way to be a good neighbor.
Control Your Pets
Comply with all local ordinances regarding pet ownership. If you have a dog, clean up after them, keep them leashed, and train them well so they don’t act poorly around other dogs or people.
Be Mindful of Noise
Summer garden parties and fall bonfires are loads of fun—but not if they carry on loudly into the early hours of the morning. Don’t be the guy who thinks the rules don’t apply to him; keeping the noise down is a simple way to be a more considerate neighbor.
Park Responsibly and Drive Slowly
Nobody wants to have to ask permission to back out of their own driveway. If you must use on-street parking, be responsible about it, and remember to drive slowly—residential streets aren’t raceways or shortcuts to get to work faster.
Keep Your Yard Clean
Neighbors depend on each other to maintain the attractiveness of their community.
If you bought a fixer-upper and you’re planning major renovations that’ll involve construction debris, rent an appropriately sized dumpster, and place it where it won’t be an eyesore or a danger to local kids until it’s removed.
Handle Disagreements Respectfully
Eventually, you and a neighbor will have a disagreement. Keep lines of communication open, and respectfully address your concerns with your neighbor face to face.
Welcome to the grown man world of homeownership—good luck with the neighbors!