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Home Life

6 Simple Ways to be a Good Neighbor

September 11, 2017
Part of being a homeowner is being a neighbor. 

Some of our best memories are created with those who live around us. Why not take some time to show them you care? Read on to learn how!

Offer to carpool. 

Do your kids go to the same school? Are they on the same sports team? Do you work in the same area? Let your neighbor know you’d be willing to start a carpool. This simple step benefit you both. Plus, it’s good for the environment! 

Take in their trash cans. 

You’re already at the end of your driveway, anyway! After the garbage truck has come by to empty your bins, bring your neighbor’s back up to their house, too. This small task may go a long way. 

Pick up their mail. 

Is your neighbor going out of town for a few days? Offer to collect their mail so it won’t sit out in their mailbox or on their front door. They may even offer to return the favor when you're away from home!  

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Offer to pick weeds. 

Let’s be real: very few people enjoy picking weeds. But, while you have your gardening gloves on and your kneeling pad out, would it be the worst thing in the world to pick a few more? Your neighbor will be forever grateful and you’ll get to soak in a little more vitamin D. 

Offer to pick up groceries before your head off to the store. 

Since you’re making the trip, why not ask if anyone else needs anything? You’ll save them a trip and have them grinning from ear to ear. 

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Spend time with them. 

Almost everyone is busy with work, family obligations, and everything else. But taking a 20-minute break to invite your neighbor over for a drink and a quick catch-up conversation can go a long way when it comes to fostering a friendly relationship.  

Bonus tip: If you live somewhere that has snow during the winter, spend the extra few minutes to clear your neighbor's walkway. They will be very grateful for your kind gesture.