Good neighbor day is celebrated in late-September each year, and is a timely reminder to look after those in your community.
Whether you’ve just moved to a new neighborhood or you’ve been in your community for years, it’s always important—and useful—to maintain a good relationship with your neighbors. But what does it mean to be a good neighbor? We talked to a few residents in our Cheshire Woods and Mitchell Crossing communities to see what they like to see in a neighbor.
Being friendly never hurts. When someone new moves into the neighborhood, introduce yourself! Neighbors are people you will most likely see on a regular basis for years, which is why it’s important to maintain a respectful relationship. A simple “hello” can go a long way. Asking your kids to do the same is also a must. These friendships that take place between the lawns may last forever.
Lend a Helping Hand
Be open to helping your neighbors out whenever possible. This could be snow-blowing their sidewalks and driveway in the wintertime, or offering to babysit their kids for a couple of hours. They will appreciate you going the extra mile and probably return the favor when you’re in need. As Mister Rogers always said, “look around your neighborhood, there are always people helping others!”
Communication is Key
Is there a neighborhood block party coming up? Are you having a garage sale? Inform your neighbors of any local events or community gatherings—even if unsure they’ll be interested. Hosting an event for your neighbors is a great idea. The residents at Cheshire Woods particularly love the clubhouse and community pool, as this draws neighbors to meet and greet at event year round.
Keep Up With Your Yard
Maintain your curb appeal! Mow your lawn, pull any excessive weeds and maintain your landscaping. Part of being a great homeowner is maintaining an amazing yard.
Look After Your Pets
This is a given. Take responsibility for your pets and always clean up after them. Be sure to keep them away from your neighbor’s lawns; not everybody loves your pet as much as you do.
Make it a goal on Good Neighbor Day to try 2–3 of the above tips, or make slight improvements to become an even better resident. Those fine baked goods just might land on your front porch as a huge “thank you!”