There are many things that can make your life a lot easier, but not many consider the impact of knowing your neighbours and having a reasonable relationship with them. You don’t need to become best friends with people that live around your home but you may find that having mutual respect offers a range of benefits. Here are 10 reasons to get to know your neighbours.
If you respect your neighbours and they respect you, it is far more likely that life in and around your home will be better. Neighbours that have respect for each will be less likely to invade your space, be noisy or messy and they will be less likely to cause you stress.
When you know your neighbours, you will be more inclined to look out for their property and they will do the same for you. Even if you don’t have an official “neighbourhood watch” scheme, when neighbours know each other well, they will be more likely to stay aware of the comings and goings at a property, which should ensure your home has an extra pair of eyes on it when you are not around.
Depending on where you live, you may have local stores but there may be times when the stores are shut or you don’t have any money on you. When you have a good relationship with neighbours, you should be able to borrow milk, coffee or other essentials that aren’t available when you really need them.
Depending on the layout of your home and surrounding homes, you may have a chance to work together on joint projects. Even the ownership of joint fences or paths can become a lot easier if you know the people around you all respect each other.
It is really important for children to develop friendships and if your neighbours have children around the same age as yours, there is a great platform for friendship. When your kids are happy, life is a lot easier for families and the right neighbours can have a huge impact on the quality of family life.
Along similar lines, if you have neighbours who have families, there is a greater chance that you may get support from them. Hopefully you won’t need it but there may be times when you need short-term childcare support or you need advice or guidance about an issue. This support and assistance may be available on your doorstep if your neighbours are good people.
If you have good neighbours, you may find that going away on holiday becomes a lot easier. When you have neighbours you can trust, they can pop in and check your pets or water plants or collect your mail or do any other form of work around your home that needs to be undertaken when you are on holiday.
While we said earlier that you don’t need to become friends with your neighbours to make the most of home life, there is nothing to say that you cannot become friends with your neighbours. This is a great way to have a social life and feel the benefits of having people whose company you enjoy.
Your neighbour is likely to have shops that regularly use or have tried different restaurants and bars from you. Speaking to your neighbours about local life can give you more insight about what is on offer in the local area.
Your neighbours will have their own friends, family, neighbours and connections, which means that if you are friends with them, these contacts may be opened up to you. Whether you are looking for business connections or to expand your social circle, the people your neighbours know can help you.
These ten reasons are all great factors to consider when dealing with neighbours and people in your local area.