HOW TO: Be a Good Neighbor
In the past, neighbors looked out for one other, helping with projects and gathering for social events. Sadly, things have changed and in this day and age neighborhoods just don't get to know each other like they used to. No matter what kind of community you live in, there are some basic rules of etiquette to being a good neighbor. Here are some practical tips for being a plesant accquaintance and an active part of your neighborhood.
Respect noise etiquette by adhering to basic rules when it comes to your noise level. Avoid any unnecessary noise from 9 p.m. to 9 a.m. unless you have cleared it with your neighbors. If your house is on a small lot or you live in an apartment building or condo complex, it's rude to socialize outside past 10 p.m. Take your gathering inside so your neighbors can get some sleep. If you live in a residence with shared walls, position appliances like washing machines and dryers away from those walls to minimize sound in their space.
Maintain curb appeal by taking care of the exterior of your home, so it measures up to the rest of the neighborhood. Don't be an eyesore that brings down the value of adjacent homes. Take care of your lawn by never letting the grass get knee-high before cutting it and make sure trees and shrubs are kept tidy and don't creep into your neighbors' yards. Put away any toys like bicycles or skateboards to maintain a neat outdoor space. Be aware of any homeowners' association rules so you know what is and isn't allowed outside of your home.
Host a Block Party once a year to get to know any new neighbors. Events like these are a perfect way to introduce yourself to folks you haven't met and connect with those you haven't seen for a while. If your community doesn't have an annual block party tradition, you can start one without too much preparation. Enlist two or three neighbors to help you with the responsibilities for getting the word out plus bringing food and drinks.
Welcoming new neighbors is a long-held tradition that can make a family feel welcome in their new surroundings. Try to introduce yourself as soon as you can and give the new residents your phone number for any questions they might have. Take them a hot meal or some freshly baked cookies (no one wants to locate their kitchen utensils to cook a meal during unpacking). Put together a list of phone numbers in the area including emergency services, doctors' offices, dentists, schools, and delivery restaurants.
If you follow the Golden Rule and treat your neighbors like you would want to be treated, your neighborhood will be more appealing, and you will have the peace of mind that your neighbors have your back. AAA is here to help by making sure your home is protected from any loss or damage with adequate homeowners' insurance. Contact your local AAA Insurance Agent, or give us a call at 1-866-315-1252 and we can help you make sure you have the right insurance products for your new home.