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Why be a good neighbour?

September 10, 2010 5min read

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.