Living close to your neighbors or in a tight community necessitates its own form of etiquette. There are some basic principles to neighborhood living that will ensure ease of transition if you’re new to communities or HOAs.
The most important consideration is, of course, noise. Being a good neighbor means being considerate, ruling out blasting music, throwing raucous parties or generally imposing an unreasonable decibel level on those around you (especially on a school night). Making sure to respect both physical and metaphorical boundaries is another important element. Good pet manners are important, as not everyone may be a fan of yours.
If your new neighborhood is part of a homeowners’ association, it is important to familiarize yourself with the rules and follow them. This will protect your reputation within the community, relationships with neighbors, and allow for the general smooth function of the neighborhood.
3 Big Rules for Good Neighbors
Whether you live in a city, suburb or the country, there are 3 cardinal rules for being a good neighbor. Respecting another’s space, lifestyle and property is crucial. Affording your neighbor, the same amount of quiet you desire is also a good rule of thumb. No heavy machinery operating too early or too late is a good place to start! Privacy is something everyone cherishes when in their homes, especially after a long day at work. Get to know your neighbors when you see them out and about, not by going up to their front door and encroaching on their personal time and space.
Being neighborly is a good opportunity to follow the Golden Rule – of treating others as you would like them to treat you. Being friendly with your neighbors can help make you feel more secure when you go on vacation and know that someone has a watchful eye on your property. Cultivating neighbors as friends can lead to having a built-in social life right in your community. And if you have kids, there are friends right at their fingertips. Being deeply rooted in our communities makes for happier people who have a real sense of belonging in the world.
Holidays are a particularly good time to extend yourself to your neighbors with a homemade food item to show your care about them and wish them well.
Consider the diverse options we have available at C.A. Jones communities as you gear up for your next home. Our planned communities feature thoughtful layouts to naturally promote healthy, positive, neighborly living.
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