5 Tips to Avoid Feuds with Your Melbourne Neighbours
If you’re reading this, you’re perhaps trying to avoid your neighbours already? Or you’re moving away—fleeing—and don’t want to have the same bad vibes in your new neighbourhood? Perhaps your new neighbours seem weird and you’re not sure how to approach them?
You’re not alone! Having difficulties with one’s neighbours is unfortunately common. But knowing the number of a plumber Melbourne locals trust or starting a neighbourhood chat group may be all you need to ensure you can live in peace with those around you. Here are some easy tips.
Get Off on the Right Foot
Whether you’re getting new neighbours or you’re the new household joining the neighbourhood, make use of the power of first impressions! Bake some muffins and visit the newcomers or your closest neighbours. Exchange names and contact details to make it clear you want to be there if anyone needs anything.
If you’re welcoming a newcomer, go the extra mile and supply them with a ‘basic neighbourhood survival kit’. Inform them which electrician or blocked drain plumber Melbourne property owners prefer to use. Also share the names of the best stores and restaurants in the area.
Unfortunately, people often expect the worst of each other. If you have a positive first interaction, you set the stage for a more amicable future.
Deal with Property Issues Fast
Part of the reason people expect the worst is because some homeowners do prove their neighbours right—they do make it difficult for those around them.
So, don’t be that guy or girl!
If you’re aware of a problem on your property, handle it as soon as possible. Don’t let the stench of blocked drains on your property spoil a neighbour’s exercise run past your house. And if your fence or roof needs fixing, do it before it becomes a more expensive issue. You don’t want to affect property value in the area by being sluggish when it comes to repairs and maintenance.
Keep the Whole Neighbourhood Informed
Often, a feud is the result of just one situation. Perhaps you can still remember the day someone in the street tried your patience, just because they played music really loud until really late at night. Or was it because they didn’t inform anyone of a recent termite infestation that then spread to all neighbouring properties?
What could have prevented many of these situations?
If you take some time to keep neighbours informed of something—anything—that may affect them, you’ll prevent many unnecessary issues. Do this even if you think it’s a positive event. For example:
- Planning a party and expecting lots of cars? Warn the neighbours so the traffic doesn’t surprise them. They may want to leave before the party starts to ensure they’re not parked in. Some neighbours may even put up temporary fencing to protect their gardens, or at least inform you that no one must please park near their roses.
- When you’re putting up a massive amount of Christmas lights, tell your next-door neighbours. If the light shines in their windows it can affect their sleep—not something you think of when putting a huge Santa on the roof. But your neighbours will appreciate that you’re considering their living conditions.
- Problems, from pests to plumbing, may also affect a neighbour. Inform them of your predicament. One of them may even know the source of the problem. Together you can handle it efficiently, rather than having repeat problems.
It’s up to you how you want to communicate. Leave a letter in the post-box? Create a message chat group? Send group emails? Just make sure you don’t spam anyone with unnecessary messages, or they’ll avoid you anyway.
Never Assume Their Intentions
Even with a good introduction, your neighbours are bound to do things that make you frown. They may simply have different habits or values than you, with no intent to negatively impact your life. So, don’t take everything so personal!
A neighbour cutting his grass very early on a Saturday morning while you’re still asleep, may simply be an early riser, with no other time to get it done. And he or she may not realise how far sound travels when practicing the saxophone. Rather than glaring at them or doing something to irritate them in return, try a friendly conversation first.
Comment on the Positive…not Just the Negative
While it’s wise to have a chat if there’s something bothering you, don’t let that be the only time your neighbours hear from you. Being known for communicating positivity and involving others in your life will be valuable on the days you do need to discuss more serious topics. Therefore, look for opportunities to engage in a positive way:
- Compliment neighbours on their gardens.
- Invite them to parties, even if they never come.
- Inform others of new eateries or local events you know about.
- Offer to help if someone’s sick or needs assistance with minor home maintenance.
These interactions can make others more agreeable and open to your input. Do this and if you do complain or ask tough questions, no one will be able to say you’re just always seeing the bad in every situation.
How Neighbourly are You?
We all desire a peaceful home. And that goes beyond your own property. Your relationship with your neighbours will affect your quality of life. Be proactive and start managing it today so you can resolve issues quickly in future.
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