The "Good Neighbor" Effect

There is an old adage which says "We can choose our friends, but we can't choose our family"; Unfortunately, some of us know all too well the feeling of realizing that your neighbors are also something we can't choose, but just like family, you'll need to find a way to live with them. 

Whether you're in search of buying or renting a property, having good neighbors is often a perk we don't consider until it's too late. It's easy to assume that like most of us, our neighbors don't want to be a nuisance to the community; but for some, it becomes apparent that not all neighbors place the same value in neighborhood harmony, and they may be yours. 

Sometimes, the habits of your neighbors can be pesky and often those habits can be disruptive to the community; loud music, throwing trash on the walkways or common areas, parking cars in places where they are not supposed to, couples fighting, and unruly kids. In the best of circumstances, they may not be aware of their actions or the direct impact they have on the surrounding residents. If this is the case, communication is often the best way to remedy the issue.

When you take the initiative to open a constructive conversation with your neighbor most will be receptive and possibly, thankful for the feedback; motivating them to correct the disruptive habits discussed. Keeping an open line of communication with your neighbors can lead to stronger relationships and respect within your community. Along with making your neighborhood a better place to live, you may even gain a friend. 

Of course, there will always be a few who struggle in successfully communicating with neighbors who seem to have no desire in finding a positive solution or compromise and may not consider changing disruptive behaviors. When or if you feel comfortable to initiate a conversation with any other residents, it is always best to notify your property manager or company beforehand. Good communication with your property manager, as well as your neighbors, is always the best way to maintain a safe community. 

As a property management company, we cannot stress enough that if you find yourself in a threatening, uncomfortable, or volatile situation, immediately contact the local authorities or emergency services.  

It is advisable to involve your property management and relay any concerns, comments, or positive feedback you have about your surrounding neighbors and community. Property managers have a responsibility and right to ensure that all their renters, homeowners, and commercial businesses can enjoy a pleasant, safe environment. 

We all have a role to play in ensuring that our community is a decent, safe, and peaceful place to reside. As a resident, play your part and practice good neighborliness, and you never know, you could be inspiring someone.