Neighbors are important people in our lives, whether we like it or not. We share a place with our neighbors, and not just any place—the place we call home. Homeowners have individual rights, as they should, but they also have an obligation to be a good neighbor.
Being a good neighbor means maintaining your home and property—after all, the value and appearance of your home affects the value and appearance of your neighbor’s home. Setting and maintaining a neighborhood standard of property and home maintenance helps maintain home values and neighborhood appeal to prospective home buyers.
Being a good neighbor also means knowing your neighbors. Our neighbors are a great resource for many things. You may be able to borrow a couple of eggs when you run out in the middle of making something, or they may watch your house while you are away on vacation and alert the authorities if anything suspicious is happening.
There are many benefits to being, and having, a good neighbor. Higher home values, lower crime rates, and fewer urgent trips to the grocery store, are just a few. To experience these great benefits for yourself (if you are not already), try introducing yourself to your neighbors, or waving hello as you drive or walk by. These simple actions will help put you on your way to enjoying the benefits of being a good neighbor.