If you are moving house, this article will help you to make sure you make good with the new neighbours to avoid future conflict and perhaps even make some new friends!
Moving to a new home comes with all kinds of new extras like a new area, new outdoor and indoor space, new budget self storage, new postmen and of course, new neighbours. Unfortunately, the topic of neighbours can be one that is a sore spot for some and often, neighbourly disputes or sourness can stem from first impressions. It sounds fickle but it’s so easily done. We can all judge too quickly and unfortunately those judgements can stick.
The good news is that there are lots of ways to make a good impression on new neighbours for a harmonious life in your neighbourhood, and who knows, perhaps even a few new friends!
To help you, here are our top tips to help you make a good impression on new neighbours:
DON’T park a moving van across their drive. If you must take up parking space, clear it with them first so they know it is temporary.
DON’T start any big renovations without speaking to them about it first. If possible, you may also want to ask them about any problems with renovations, such as sleeping babies or dependents. That way you can work with the builders to get the renovations done with the neighbours in mind.
DON’T have arguments as you move your things in. Sure, arguments are normal and it isn’t for anybody to judge. However, as a first impression before they have even met you, seeing you swearing and shouting is not ideal. Try to just get on with the move and save any cross words for inside the house.
DON’T start making loads of noise without getting an idea of how much can be heard around you. Even detached properties can spread noise across a quiet neighbourhood, let alone a semi-detached or terraced property. Give it a few days to see how much can be heard from next door and don’t be afraid to mention to your neighbour that if at any point you are too noisy, they can let you know so you can fix the problem. This shows willing and lets them know you are courteous.
DO introduce yourself right away. It doesn’t have to be a long introduction. Just a ‘hiya, we are name and name, nice to meet you’. You can then mention any work you’re doing or use of removals vans, letting them know that you are aware and you’re there if they want to talk about it or need anything.
DO have a housewarming party. This means a quiet few drinks around your home for new neighbours and perhaps your close friends and family. It’s a way to get to know the neighbours in a casual way that shows you are social, nice people who want to be welcomed, and to welcome others into your life.
DO air on the side of caution for a while. If you are at all unsure about where boundaries are, about which plants are your or their responsibilities and so on – air on the side of caution and ask. It is always better to ask than to cause sore feelings by accident. What may seem petty to you might seem like a big deal to them, so it is always better to ask and check to avoid any conflict.
You’re All Set To Be Fantastic Neighbours
The tips above can help you to make great connections with your neighbours, avoiding conflict and potentially making friends for life. It might seem like a lot of extra effort, but the result of a few careful introductions and considered actions can mean the difference between a miserable life next to neighbours who can’t stand you, and a harmonious neighbourhood where you can rely on friendliness and help when you need it.