Unwritten Rules For Being A “Good Neighbor”

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No matter how perfect a home is for you, who you live around can make all the difference. A bad neighbor can make your life a living hell, and now folks are sharing some things you should and shouldn't do if you don’t want to be that bad neighbor. 

It all started when BuzzFeed asked their community to share what they consider are the unwritten rules for being a “good neighbor” and people were more than happy to share their thoughts.

Responses include:

  • “This *should* go without saying, but my Lord, the amount of people that get the wrong package at their door and keep it is shameful. Don't do this.”
  • “We all know if you live in a rowhome/townhome, sometimes there is no 'assigned' spot. But for the love of all that is holy, if a space is wide enough to fit two cars, don’t park smack dab in the middle."
  • “If you have a party, let your neighbors know. Say that you're throwing a party and to let you know if it's too loud.”
  • "Don't let your pets poop in someone else's yard. If your dog goes during your neighborhood walk, pick it up. No one wants to step in a poop."
  • “Make sure that you have more than a nodding acquaintance with your neighbors. It means that everyone has a bit more of an emotional connection, and they're more likely to notice unusual or suspicious activity around your home if you're away.”
  • “When you live somewhere with assigned parking spots, tell your guests where they can park and make sure they don't park in your neighbors' spots."
  • “If you’re having a barbecue, please give your neighbor a heads-up because smoke will get into their house and you don’t know if someone has a condition, temporary or long-term, that affects breathing.”
  • “If there’s a privacy fence, please don’t peer over. We have a pool and our older neighbors are always looking over to wave or say hi when we are sunbathing."
  • “Find the balance between minding your own business and looking out for your neighbor. Neighbors dog got out? Make some noise and get that puppy home! Christmas lights still up in March? Shhhhh." 

Source: BuzzFeed

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