How To Be A Good Neighbour

Good neighbours show respect for each other.

Being a good neighbour means being tolerant of different people’s views and lifestyles, while also considering how your own actions affect others around you.

Let’s talk about being a good neighbour.

How to Be a Good Neighbour

Why Is It Important To Be A Good Neighbour?

Neighbours can positively affect one of the most important aspects of our lives, laying the foundation for better health, increased safety and overall community pride.

What Are The Qualities Of A Good Neighbour?

  • Respectful.
  • Friendly.
  • Quiet.
  • Helpful.
  • Mature.
  • Trustworthy.

Should You Be Friends With Your Neighbours?

Connecting with our local peers makes us feel involved in a community. 

Befriending our neighbours is also a practical choice. If you encounter an emergency, it’s nice to know someone nearby where you can go for help. It may save time, which can be vital in life-threatening situations.

How Do I Strengthen My Relationship With My Neighbour?

  • Introduce yourself.
  • Greet them with a hello or nod.
  • Be respectful towards them.
  • Invite them to dinners or parties.
  • Offer small acts of kindness.
  • Know when to keep your distance.

What Are Some Common Problems With Neighbours?

  • Having boundary disputes.
  • Planning and building permission issues.
  • Noise or nuisance problems.
  • Antisocial behaviour.
  • Being harassed or intimidated.

What Makes Neighbours Annoying?

51.9% of homeowners agreed that being a noisy neighbour or being loud is the most annoying habit a neighbour can possess.

Behind noise complaints, harassment, dogs barking, a lack of privacy and messy yards made up the rest of the top 5 most annoying habits. (Source:

What Are The Most Common Neighbour Complaints?

  • Noise, including loud music and barking dogs.
  • Parking.
  • Property boundaries.
  • Overgrown trees and hedges.
  • Children playing in the street.

How Do You Deal With Disrespectful Neighbors?

  • Call ahead to pick a time to talk.
  • Meet on the sidewalk or at the property line.
  • Let them know how a problem bothers you and suggest ways to solve it together.
  • If that doesn’t work, check out local noise and disturbance ordinances.

What Are The Duties Of A Good Neighbour?

  • Keep your yard clean.
  • Be respectful and considerate of your neighbours.
  • Follow any noise regulations.
  • Put your recycling and trash out at the right time.
  • Make an effort to know your neighbours.
  • Deal with any problems face to face in a calm, respectful way.

How Do I Become A Considerate Neighbour?

  • Get to know your neighbours.
  • Maintain your yard.
  • Respect a power tool curfew.
  • Keep control of your pets.
  • Let kids be kids.
  • Turn down the music a bit.
  • Handle conflict peacefully.
  • Know your property lines.
  • Follow community rules.

Is It Normal To Not Know Your Neighbours?

Many people are fine with not knowing their neighbours. In one survey 56% say they have no interest in getting to know those who live next door any better than they already do.

The survey found that people living in rural areas (18%) were slightly more likely to have friends in their neighbourhood than city dwellers (15%).  (Source:

Final Thoughts

A good neighbour will always try to be available, friendly, and approachable.

Make sure you know where your land ends and your neighbour’s begins.

One of the most important qualities to look for in a good neighbour can be whether they are relatively quiet or not.

Try saying hello and introducing yourself when you move to a new area, or when a new person moves into your building.

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