4 Tips To Build Good Relationships With Your New Neighbours

Posted by on Apr 11 | 2016

Having neighbours who are on your side can be beneficial in many ways. They might help to keep an eye out on your property while you are away on vacation in case something happens to your home, or, they can also be a resource in case of emergency, such as looking after your children if you have to stay late at work.

Good Relationships With Your Neighbours

The good news is that there’s a high chance you have a neighbour you can trust. The bad news? If you’re new to the neighbourhood, you may not have met them yet. In this article, we’re taking a look at a few suggestions to acquaint yourself with the neighbours.

Get to know your neighbours

An introduction is a necessary way to let your neighbours know who has moved in. Taking the initiative indicates that you’re willing to establish a good relationship with them, and it also gives them the chance to learn more about you. At the same time, you can familiarize yourself on some of the benefits that may come along with forming a relationship:

  • Do they seem responsible and reliable?
  • Do they have children of their own who are happy and well cared for?
  • Do you feel comfortable with the kind of conversation they provide? Are they someone you would want to befriend?

Not everyone wants to be friendly with their neighbours, so if they prefer to have stricter boundaries, your initial reaction will give you an idea on how to best approach them in the future.

Establish etiquette

If you share any boundary or property with your neighbour, it’s important to know what the guidelines are. For example, if you live in an apartment and share a garbage chute, learning the rules for throwing away trash and recycling will help to prevent conflict in the future. Other things to consider include:

  • Gardening and yard boundaries
  • Noise levels
  • Parking
  • Pet policies

Get involved in community groups or planning

Often, neighbourhood groups form either formally as a condo or neighbourhood board, or informally as a social group. Community groups can tap into pooled resources, which makes them useful and powerful when it comes to resolving some issues. Joining one of these groups is a great way to find out about ongoing issues in your area, and to be of service to your neighbours. An added bonus of joining is that there’s often opportunities for socializing, which you wouldn’t have had before. Whether your move was national or international, it can be lonely moving to a new area, but having the possibility to meet new people and make friends quickly can help improve your feelings towards your new town.

Lastly, be honest with what you need from your new acquaintances! Once you’ve gotten comfortable with your new social circle, let your neighbours know what you could use from them, and what you’re willing to offer in return. Services that neighbours commonly exchange include:

  • Looking after each other’s pets and plants during vacation
  • Shoveling snow after a storm
  • Taking the trash out on garbage day
  • Participating in each other’s social lives

Having friendly and helpful neighbours is a rewarding and fun experience that greatly fosters a sense of community. Regardless of how far you’ve traveled for your new position, a good relationship with your neighbour is just a conversation away.

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