How to Be a Good Neighbor

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It’s a fact. Life is busy — for most of us extremely so — and it’s hard to fit everything in. That includes getting to know our neighbors. But, if we do carve out some time to get to know them, lifelong friendships can be born, goodwill can be created, and problems can be solved before they become a big issue. In today’s Fiduciary Real Estate Blog post, we have some tips for being a good neighbor.

Smile and Compliment
Make eye contact with neighbors and say hi when you see them. Giving out compliments is also a great way for people to feel comfortable around you. You could compliment them on how cute their dog is or how much you like their shoes.

Help Your Neighbor
There’s a pretty good chance that you’ve seen someone moving in or out of your apartment community. This is a great way to get to know new neighbors. Help them move boxes inside and talk to them about where they moved from and why they moved here (work, family, etc.). It’s a great way for them to feel welcome as well an easy way for you to make friends.

Start a Book Club
Starting a local book club (or any type of club for that matter!) is a great way to make friends. It gives you something to talk about and learn more about people. It’s also a great way to discuss ideas and experiences with people you may have never talked to otherwise.

Address problems in person rather than through notes or email. So much gets lost in non-personal communications, and people may take things more personally than if you talk to them in a quiet, courteous manner. Be sure to listen as well as talk when it comes to problems. Work toward a win/win resolution, and be willing to compromise.

What ways have you found most effective to get to know your neighbors? Share your ideas and experiences with us in the comments!