All any of us want in our neighborhoods and communities is some peace; we just want to get along! Many of us are indeed able to enjoy peaceful coexistence with our neighbors, but every now and then disputes will emerge, arguments will boil over, and feelings will be hurt.
In some cases this may be unavoidable, but it’s also important to remember that there are things homeowners can do to facilitate positive relationships with their community neighbors. Many of these tips will seem a bit obvious, yet the obvious things are often forgotten or neglected.
Some ways for neighbors to get along together include:
- Always extend friendly greetings to your community neighbors. When you’re at the mailbox or at a homeowner’s meeting or out walking the dog, say hello to people you see. It’s that simple.
- Provide a courtesy notice if you’re about to launch a home improvement project, or anything else that could prove momentarily noisy or disruptive.
- Follow the Golden Rule—treat others as you’d want to be treated. Think about this with regard to noises, vehicle parking, stereo volume, pets—everything.
- Note that if your neighbors belong to a different age group or cultural background than you, your lifestyles may be quite different; just making an effort at understanding can go a long way.
- Think about the areas of your property that are clearly visible from the homes of others, and try to keep them presentable!
- Try to maintain a positive attitude: If something in the neighborhood happens that aggravates you, don’t assume it was done intentionally or out of malice.
- Remember that gossip can ruin relationships—and it’s really the last thing you want to have in a close-knit community.
HOA board members, you might offer these reminders to your community members, perhaps on social media or in the newsletter; do whatever you can to facilitate a peaceful, neighborly community! For more information on maintaining a strong, vibrant community, contact our association management team today!