Neighborhoods have changed over the years. In the past, people brought baskets of sandwiches or fruit to the new people on the block. Sometimes they offered to help with a project. A welcome lady would stop by for coffee and leave a list of important numbers. Neighbors shared tools and garden equipment so everyone didn't have to go out and buy expensive items that they wouldn't use often.
Even today, all neighborhoods have their own personalities.
Some tend to be more open to street parties and socializing, while others are made up of people who prefer to stay to themselves. The second group isn’t bad; it’s just not as warm and inviting. Many of them have demanding jobs and other responsibilities, so they don't have time to socialize with the neighbors.
Regardless of the type of neighborhood you live in, there are still some basic etiquette rules you should follow to be a good neighbor. The ultimate goal is to live in peace and harmony, and even though that’s not always possible, you can at least do whatever it takes to prevent hostilities and long-lasting hard feelings.
No one expects you to be quiet as a mouse, but you should also respect certain basic rules when it comes to making too much noise. A lot depends on where you live, what type of dwelling you occupy, and the habits of your neighbors. Noise acceptability on a street filled with young families is different from an apartment building occupied by single twenty-somethings.
Know some noise etiquette rules:
Being a Good Neighbor
Follow the Golden Rule to be a good neighbor. These are people you are likely to see every day, or at least fairly often. You don’t want to have to lower your head in shame after you know you’ve misbehaved.
Tips on being a good neighbor include:
A good neighbor is one who maintains the exterior of the house and lawn at least at the same level as the rest of the neighborhood. You don’t want your house to be the one on the street that drags down the value of homes.
If you can’t mow your own lawn, hire a neighbor’s child or lawn service to keep it tidy.
Follow some basic exterior maintenance:
You might be a party animal, and that’s just fine as long as you don’t intrude or impose on your neighbors. An occasional late-night blast might be forgiven, but all-night parties every single weekend can make you the bad guy. Be respectful of your neighbors when you throw a party.
Know some good neighbor social guidelines:
Welcome New Neighbors
Neighbors can make a new family feel welcome by stopping by for a friendly introduction. This enriches the lives of new neighbors as well as those who have lived there for a while.
Ideas to welcome new neighbors include:
When people make an effort to be a good neighbor by following proper etiquette, everyone will have a sense of well-being, knowing you are all surrounded by friends. The neighborhood will be more appealing, and you’ll be more content in your home. An extra benefit is knowing that you and your neighbors have each other’s backs.
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