Do You Know These Unspoken Neighborhood Etiquette Rules?

When it comes to being a good neighbor, not everyone is on the same page. That’s why it’s important to be open to suggestions from the ones you live in close proximity to. To avoid confrontation, it’s wise to be mindful of your own role in the neighborhood. Certain rules may seem like common sense, like not being loud in the middle of the night, but other rules are newer, like sending a text before you show up at their door. Here’s a checklist to help ensure you’re the neighbor people want to live around.

Introduce Yourself As Soon As Possible

Women gather on front porch steps to admire a baby
Helen H. Richardson/The Denver Post via Getty Images
Helen H. Richardson/The Denver Post via Getty Images

Particularly for introverts, the idea of introducing yourself to a complete stranger may seem intimidating. But when it comes to the people you’re living near, it’s best to break the ice sooner than later.

Saying hello to the neighbors gives you the opportunity to exchange phone numbers, which will come in handy during emergencies. It also makes you seem approachable from the start, setting a precedent for open communication. It’s important that you feel you can be honest with your neighbors and vise versa so that small things don’t bubble up into huge fueds.