good neighbor might be characterized as someone who’ll look after your
home when you’re out of town by picking up your mail and watering your
plants. You’d most likely reciprocate for anyone who’d be so generous
In some cases, you might only be able to name one or two of your
neighbors who would step up to that level of service. Wouldn’t it be
nice if more people on your street would be happy to make that offer?
The solution may just start with being a better neighbor first. The
following suggestions go a long way to improving your neighborhood and
making new friends at the same time.
Meet your neighbors and exchange phone numbers and email
addresses. Agree with each other that you’ll let them know if you see
something strange going on at their home.
Slow down when driving through the neighborhood; it will make it safer and everyone will appreciate it.
Control your dog: keep it on a leash; pick up after it; don’t let it bark too much.
Don’t park in front of your neighbor’s home.
Notify your immediate neighbors when you’re having remodeling
done and ask them to let you know if any of the contractors cause damage
to their property.
Let your neighbors know when you’re having a party and that there will be more cars on the street than usual.
Maintain your home and yard so that it adds to the beauty of the neighborhood.
Put your garbage out for collection on the correct day and bring the containers back in promptly.
In reality, it is fairly obvious; you just have to think of the
things that you’d want from your neighbors. Be friendly; don’t be
noisy; offer a helping hand when available and respect each other’s
boundaries. Having a sense of community and that you all share the
neighborhood can be underlying principles that will guide your behavior.
A good neighbor would be aware of suspicious activity and would call
their neighbors and the police if warranted. This might be something
you can discuss with your neighbors. Click here for a template to record your immediate neighbor’s contact information and keep readily available if needed.
Author:Lisa Hayden Phone: 941-730-3102 Dated: December 8th 2014 Views: 723 About Lisa: I am a Michigan native but call Sarasota “Home” for the last 8 plus years and have proven to be ...
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