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7 Ways to Have a Better Relationship with Your Neighbors ...

By Alicia

Do you need to have a better relationship with your neighbors? It is important that you get along with your neighbors for many reasons. For one thing, it can make your living situation much more pleasant if you do. Try these listed ways to have a better relationship with your neighbors.

1 Be Friendly but Not Necessarily Friends

If you want to have a better relationship with your neighbors, try being friendly. Notice I did not say be friends. It is okay if you develop a friendship with your neighbors, but don’t try to force it. Some neighbors like their space and privacy from everyone around them and that is okay. If that is the situation with your neighbors, respect that.

2 Be Respectful

You want to be respectful of your neighbors. Avoid doing things like having the music up too loud or having a party out on your lawn that causes a disturbance. Also, don’t see them being outside as an opportunity to talk to them for an hour. A friendly wave and a smile is enough. Chances are, if you respect them they will respect you in return.

3 Be Neighborly

Be neighborly. If you get a piece of mail that should have went next door, walk it over to them. Additionally, if they are having phone trouble and ask to use your phone, of course you want to allow them to. Offer to help if you see them struggling with something like balancing a baby on their hip while rolling the garbage cans in. Those little gestures mean a lot and will go far in improving your relationship with them.

4 Take a Small Gift over during the Holidays

Christmas is a nice time to remember your neighbors. You can take a card and some baked goods over to say Happy Holidays. Most people love anything homemade so this can wrack up big points for you with the neighbors. You don’t want to impose on them so only stay long enough to wish them a nice holiday. You can even leave it on their doorstep if you wish.

5 Apologize

If you have done things that contributed to a bad relationship in the past with your neighbors, you may want to consider apologizing. Only do this if you can give a sincere, heartfelt apology. Any apology that has a "but" attached is not going to be well received. You are not apologizing to address what they have done wrong to contribute to a difficult relationship. You are apologizing for your part.

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6 Keep Your Yard Neat

This is a very simple thing that most neighbors appreciate. Just keep your yard looking neat. People tend to feel that how their neighbor keeps their yard reflects on them. That is understandable. Just see that your lawn s mowed regularly and rubbish picked up. Maybe you could even plant a few flowers in the spring.

7 Let Some Things Go

There are always going to be some things that neighbors do to annoy one another. This is true even if it is done unintentionally. Try to let some things go that your neighbors may do. Ask yourself if it is really worth causing a fuss over. It may be true that your neighbors could do more to help on their side of the relationship, but all you can really control is your own part of it.

It is always better to have a good relationship with your neighbors. What have you done to have a good relationship with yours? I always read my comments!

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