This article originally appeared on Associaonline.com’s Living Better Blog
At Serpico Landscaping, we know HOA condo associations; apartment and townhouse complexes — and even business or retail tenant spaces — can be like small towns all their own. The paybacks for creating a friendly environment of camaraderie and thoughtfulness through being a good neighbor, is enormous for us all in order to live together nicely!
In efforts to remember the importance of being kind to our neighbors and one another — by treating others as you would like to be treated — we offer these tips, especially so you’ll know you’re doing it right!
From the Associa Living Better Blog:
To be sure, there’s an art to being a good neighbor. But just like anything else in life, it takes time to master the art of neighbor-etiquette. Should you invite the entire block or floor to your next house party? Is it right to borrow tools from friends? Follow these do’s and don’ts with your neighbors and see if you can turn polite encounters into lasting friendships.
Good Neighbors DO….
Do get to know your neighbor’s names and take the initiative to give a friendly wave or approach them for conversation when you see them.
Do keep your entrance, yard, and exterior of your home appealing and clutter-free.
Do return all borrowed items quickly and with gratitude.
Do talk to your neighbors before purchasing items like fences, landscaping services, and sprinkler systems — you may benefit from sharing the cost of upgrades and labor.
Do invite your neighbors to your parties and try to host a neighborhood get-together or barbeque at least once a year.
Do carry bags to clean up after your pet, even if it’s in your front yard.
Good Neighbors DO NOT…
Don’t let your pets wander freely through the neighborhood without you around
Don’t peek through the blinds to see what your neighbors are up to.
Don’t leave holiday decorations up for a prolonged period of time.
Don’t play loud music or have noisy parties into the late hours of the night.
Don’t be afraid to ask neighbor’s advice about hobbies, gardening, or home maintenance.
Don’t hesitate to invite neighbors over to your home for dinner or drinks.
It’s always nice to have these friendly reminders and help us all to being good neighbors!