Manners in the Neighbourhood

In featured, Social Etiquette by system review

Manners in the neighbourhood are really important. After all, you have to live in close proximity to each other.  However you define neighbour – the people who live next door to you, in your apartment building or in your street, these neighbourly manners can help you establish and maintain good relationships whether you become friends or keep a polite distance.

  • Manners in the neighbourhood dictate you greet each other whenever you pass by. A smile, a wave, and a pleasant “hello” are probably the easiest ways to acknowledge your neighbouts. Think of these greetings as a great foundational block for good neighbour relationships.
  • Have an occasional chat. There’s a lot you can learn through casual chit-chat. Whether it’s over the fence or while out on a walk, be aware of how long your conversation has gone on and look for clues that your neighbour needs to get back to their day.  If you don’t see signs, keep enjoying the conversation!
  • Call or text ahead before visiting. Call or text before heading over and ask if it’s convenient for you to stop by. Be prepared for your neighbour to say they are busy and can’t entertain a visit. 
  • Limit visits to a reasonable amount of time. For a drop-by visit, be attuned to what your neighbours are doing, and leave at the first hint that they’re ready for the visit to end.
  • Be considerate with chores and activities. We are all entitled to do our chores and tend to our homes, yards, patios, and balconies. But some chores and activities are noisy or will impact others. It’s best to be observant of when our activities might intrude on others’ enjoyment of their time at home. As best you can, communicate with your neighbours about loud chores, activities, and events so that, at the very least, they are aware.
  • Don’t take advantage of a neighbour’s expertise or talent. Living on the same street as a doctor, lawyer, mechanic, handyman, or anyone with special skills doesn’t entitle you to ask for free consultations or services.
  • Say thanks for any favours. Always say “Thank you” and be willing to return a favour.
  • Be respectful of privacy. It can take some effort not to eavesdrop when living in close quarters.  Never repeat what you accidentally overhear. Once you realise it’s personal, try to find a way to distract yourself or remove yourself from earshot. 
  • Be respectful of property.Always ask for permission before entering anyone’s property.