How to Be a Good Neighbor

photo-1464047736614-af63643285bfWhen you move into a new neighborhood, it’s always a good idea to get off on the right foot with your neighbors. You want to have positive relationships with all of them as they will be sharing your living space for years to come. These are the people who will be around your children and be there to watch your house when you need them to. And nothing can be more destructive than a neighborhood feud if you raise the ire of your neighbors over something trivial. Here are general tips on how to be considered a good neighbor (

Throw a party

It doesn’t have to be a huge event, but if you invite your neighbors over for a cookout or dinner party, you have a chance to make new friends and get to know your neighbors. If you have a party with your non-neighborhood friends, be sure to let your neighbors know so they can be aware about parking issues.

Go for a walk

This may seem odd, but walk around the neighborhood without burying yourself in a cellphone or listening to your iPod. As you do, smile and wave at your neighbors and say hello to them. This will actually ingratiate them to you and make them more comfortable to talk to later on.

Get active

Another way to show your neighbors that you care about the community and make new friends is to get active. Join a local book group at the library, become a member of the PTA, and be sure to shop at small, local stores that are community-owned. This will show you’re trying to be a part of the community and win you support from your neighbors.

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