Getting to Know You -- Good Neighbors Make Good Friends
Welcome back to The Park at Winters Run Blog. 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, life-long friendships can be born, good will can be created, and problems can be solved before they become a big issue. In today’s blog post, we have some tips for being a good neighbor here at our apartment community in Bel Air, MD.
One of the simplest things we can do is be friendly. A smile and a cheery hello is an easy thing to do that will help create a positive energy and build rapport with your neighbors.
Being considerate can take on many forms. One of the most appreciated by neighbors is in regard to noise. A good rule of thumb is to keep music, TV, and loud conversations down after 9:00 p.m., and don’t use loud machines or power tools early in the morning (vacuums can be loud). If you are throwing a party let your neighbor know in advance.
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.
If you have a pet, take care of it. Be aware that not everybody loves animals. Minimize potential complaints from neighbors by promptly scooping the poop, dealing with loud barking, and teaching your dog not to jump on people. This is definitely a case where prevention is worth a pound of cure.
Follow the parking rules for The Park at Winters Run. Parking in the correct place and not your neighbor’s space helps maintain good will. Let your guests know ahead of time where they can park.
Keep shared spaces clean, and make sure your personal belongings don’t overflow into communal areas.
Share a plate of cookies, a loaf of fresh-baked bread, or part of your haul from the local farmers’ market. Invite neighbors over for a meal and a game night. Take part in community events in Bel Air, MD.
Getting to know your neighbors can be a rewarding experience. Thanks for reading today’s blog!