This is a collaborative post.
When you are moving to a new home, or if the home next door to you has been sold to someone, you will have to prepare yourself to meet new neighbours. This is something that can be daunting, yet exciting. Some people end up making lifelong friends with their neighbours, staying in touch even if one moves away. Others have continual problems with neighbours, which can have a huge negative impact on life.
There are many reasons why you need to try and get along with your neighbours, and why you should make an effort to do so. You can use various methods to find out a little more about them, such as doing a background search or people search online to try and discover more. This way, you may already know a little more about your new neighbours, and you can build on that in order to get to know them better and strike up a friendship.
The Importance of Doing This
So, why is it so important to get along with your direct neighbours? Well, other than people in your own household, your neighbours are the people who are closest to you in terms of proximity. If you live in a semi-detached property or a terraced house, there is only a wall separating your household and theirs. Naturally, with someone living so close, you want to get along with them, so it is really important to make the effort.
You also have to remember that you will most likely see your neighbours a lot. Even if this is not through visiting one another, you will see them as they go to or exit their car, over the garden fence, out and about in the street – the chances are you will bump into them every day. If you have not made any effort to get along, or worse still if you don’t get along, these could end up being very tense moments.
Another important factor is security. If you are going away on vacation or a business trip, you naturally want to ensure your property is safe. If you have neighbours you get along with and trust, you can ask them to keep an eye on things for you. All they have to do is pop next door to water the plants, feed the cats, check on the property, and other basic tasks, whereas asking a friend or relation could mean making someone travel long distances to check on your home. Being able to trust your neighbour to do these types of things for you can be hugely convenient.
Enjoy a Peaceful Life
We have all seen the programs on TV that depict the neighbours from hell, and this is the last thing you want to become or live next to. If you make an effort to get along with your neighbours, it will benefit both you and them. You can then look forward to a peaceful life with neighbours who are also good friends.