5 Qualities the Best Neighbors Tend to Have
5 Good-Neighbor Qualities and Etiquette Tips
Your neighbors play a big role in your community and quality of life—they can be the reason you happily pull into your driveway after a long day or quickly close the garage door behind you. With that much at stake, it's important to know good neighbor etiquette and qualities so you can be one yourself and set an example for others in your homeowners’ association (HOA). Read on to learn the top five qualities of good neighbors and tips for meeting new neighbors.
Five qualities of good neighbors
Here are the top five qualities of good neighbors. When you strive for these traits, your fellow community members will do the same.
1. Good neighbors are friendly.
Friendly neighbors are kind to current neighbors and welcoming to new ones. They introduce themselves, maintain relationships, and are approachable. They also enjoy being social in their community and encourage others to do so as well.
2. Good neighbors are helpful.
Helpful neighbors are always there to lend a hand. They stand ready to assist whenever someone requires support, whether it's borrowing an egg, keeping watch over their home, or collecting mail during a trip. These neighbors are people you can count on in various situations.
3. Good neighbors are trusting.
Trusting neighbors have their neighbors' best interests at heart. They treat their neighbor's home and family as their own. They also keep their word and follow through when asked to do something.
4. Good neighbors are respectful.
Respectful neighbors grasp the importance of boundaries, showing concern for their neighbor's time and personal space. They also acknowledge the preferences of those who value minimal interaction and prefer communication only when necessary. Being respectful involves maintaining tidiness, understanding limitations, and adhering to community rules.
5. Good neighbors are considerate of noise.
Noise is one of the most common complaints about neighbors in the U.S. Responsible neighbors, who are considerate of noise levels, play a pivotal role in fostering quality relationships within a community. Their willingness to adjust noise levels when a neighbor might be disturbed or uncomfortable demonstrates their accommodation. The most effective approach is to communicate proactively, informing neighbors in advance and working together to reach mutually agreeable solutions.
Tips for meeting new neighbors
Many people choose to move into an HOA because of the sense of community. As an existing resident, you have a part in extending the hand of friendship to those moving in and building a warm and inclusive community. Let's explore some tips on how to greet and connect with new neighbors, making them feel right at home from the very start.
1. Formally introduce yourself.
Creating a welcoming atmosphere establishes a channel for communication between you and your neighbor. Consider extending a friendly gesture, like a welcome gift such as a treat (be mindful of allergies) or a plant, within the first few days of their move-in. You could also encourage your community to start a welcome committee to facilitate this.
2. Keep introductions brief.
If you find that your new neighbor isn’t open to conversation, keep your meeting brief and to the point. This will prevent your neighbor from feeling uncomfortable or pressured to have a conversation. If they suggest it isn’t a good time to talk, wish them a quick and warm welcome. You can reassure them that you’re more than happy to come back another day or at a time that works best for them.
3. Let them do the talking.
Being a new neighbor comes with a lot to think about, especially when settling into a new home. When conversing with them, give them the space to share and respect their time—they might be swamped with tasks or not available for a chat. Let them know you’re there to answer any questions.
4. Exchange information.
Providing your neighbor with your information is a great way to keep in touch and start the foundation of a strong relationship. Give them your phone number or email address and any other contact information they may find helpful. For example, if you see that your neighbor has young children, you may share a list of contacts for a local babysitter or carpool.
5. Accompany them to HOA meetings.
HOA meetings are an excellent place to meet new people, voice opinions, and get involved in the community. Going alone can be intimidating, so offer to go to an HOA meeting with your neighbor. While they should’ve received a packet of governing documents at move-in, as a new HOA member, they may have questions about the structure and operations of the HOA.
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