Tips on How You Can Become a Good Neighbor

by Chris Bohr 09/01/2019

Every neighborhood has its distinct personalities. While some are quiet, others throw parties every weekend. The same can be attributed to a neighbor too! In every neighborhood, everyone knows those neighbors with rowdy kids who can't stay off other people's lawns or the one who barely speak to others. And don't forget about the one who can't keep their nose out of other neighbor’s business. Neighbors come in different shapes and sizes, but everyone wishes to have a good one. 

But what makes a good neighbor? There is saying that goes like this: the friends you keep will have a significant impact on your life. This saying applies to the kinds of neighbors you have too. A good neighbor equals a good life, but to have a good neighbor the responsibility lies on you to be one yourself. Follow these simple rules to make yourself a better neighbor.

Be friendly

You don't have to open the door to everyone or become best friends with everyone. However, a simple smile at your neighbor when they drive by or saying good morning when you see them on your way out to work will earn you a 10/10 on the good neighbor scorecard. 

Be neat

No one likes seeing a cluttered yard. Even if you don't mind if your yard is messy, try to be courteous to your neighbors who do. Mow your lawn often and ensure shrubs or weeds from your yard don't creep into your neighbor's. Earn good neighbor points by voluntarily picking up litter around the area. These courtesies will send the right message and will get others involved too. Remember a clean neighborhood is a pleasant neighborhood. 

Mind the noise

Being quiet does not mean you should be completely silent, but do not play music at odd hours. Avoid mowing your lawn as early as 7 AM on the weekend. Wait till 8 or 9 AM because you might disturb the sleep of others. Also, don't hammer a nail into the wall in the middle of the night. A general rule of the thumb is to avoid unnecessary noise in the wee hours of the morning and late at night.

Give a helping hand

Help your neighbor babysit their kids or give them a hand if you notice they are having a tough time mowing their lawn.

Show respect when using the street.

Anytime you exit or enter the street, always slow down. You never can tell if there are kids and pets in the area. Also, keep your driveway clear where possible.

Being a good neighbor is an advantage when it comes time to sell too. Many potential homebuyers speak with neighbors about the home they intend to purchase. If you have close friends in your neighborhood, make sure your real estate professional knows about them too.

About the Author

Chris Bohr

Hello, My name is Chris Bohr, I’m a lifelong resident of the Tampa Bay Area, married to a wonderful woman, Michelle “Missy” Bohr and we have a two year old son who is the apple of my eye. I’m a graduate of Countryside High School in Clearwater, Florida, a Graduate of the University of Central Florida, and an active Realtor and Auctioneer. You are looking for someone to help you to either buy or sell a home, liquidate the contents of a home, or perhaps do it all. I can help! …and I want too. As a member of this great community I’ve seen quite a few changes around these parts and can help guide you through the mazes of the Real Estate World. In addition to the various licenses I’m also a proud member of the Upper Tampa Bay Chamber of Commerce, the Pinellas Realtor Organization, Florida Association of Realtors, National Association of Realtors, won several business awards and was even named the honorary Mayor of Palm Harbor many years ago. Our approach to helping you sell your home starts with a global reach to find those buyers who may be sitting in a cold basement somewhere just looking for a reason to come down to the beautiful sunshine state and stop shoveling snow. In addition to the global reach, I also include the local, “Hey look at me” method of marketing by making your home visible to more potential buyers than most properties on the market today. If you are looking to buy a home, I understand it can be very intimidating, I take the pains away and remind you that buying a home should be fun and if you put the right person on the job I can promise to do my best to walk you through the hurdles of home buying. My approach is founded on experience, of course the experience of buying and selling houses, but also going through the processes myself and recalling the times when it was the most nerve racking. I keep you informed, I answer my phone, and I actually check emails and respond in a professional and courteous manner…I guess you could call that the Golden Rule. What sets me apart from other Realtors is the ability to handle not only your purchase or sale, but also having the ability to liquidate the contents, or lighten your load in regards to contents through our licensed and reputable Estate Sale and Auction Company. I love it here in the Tampa Bay area, and you will too. Drop me a line or give me a call, and let’s get the ball rolling toward your next move! Remember, Bohr Sells Homes, in fact that’s my website. Thank you, Chris