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How to be a good neighbour

Moving into your first home can be both exciting and exhilarating as you reach a new milestone in your life. While a lot of your energy will be focused on getting moved in and settled, it’s important you spend a little bit of that energy thinking about your neighbours next door and what sort of neighbour you want to be.

Ensure you start off your new adventure on the right foot by trying to be the neighbour you yourself would like to have. Here are our top tips:

Introduce yourself

While there is no need to become close friends with your neighbour and invite them over, there is certainly no harm in establishing a good relationship from the outset. Being friendly to your fellow residents and getting to know them is a great way to start a relationship where you’re able to help one another with any problems that may arise e.g keeping an eye on their house while they’re away.

If you have the opportunity whilst you’re unpacking, say hello and maybe ask them a few questions about the local area, what days you need to put the bins out etc.

Respect your neighbour’s lifestyle

Once you’ve got to know your neighbours, you should have a bit of an understanding about their lifestyle – what they do for a living, if they work evenings or if they have children etc. Whatever their lifestyle, it’s important to always be considerate and respectful. For example, if they have children and you’ve been out for the evening, make an effort to keep the noise down and keep the slamming of your car door and any shouting down the street to a bare minimum.

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Disclaimer: Statements in this article should not be considered investment advice, which is best sought directly from a qualified professional.