How To Be A Good Neighbor
It’s easier than you think. Here’s how to turn neighbors into friends.
Harry S. Truman, the 33rd President of the United States, once said: “To have good neighbors, we must also be good neighbors.” This golden rule is the foundation for great relationships within your local community. After all, you cannot ask for what you’re not willing to give. But what exactly does it mean to be a good neighbor?
A good neighbor shows consideration for the people you share your neighborhood with. It involves being mindful that your actions can affect those around you. Politeness, friendliness, helpfulness, and selflessness are all qualities of a good neighbor. But how can you actually put these values into practice? Let’s explore eight key ways to be a good neighbor with Arlo.
Have you just moved into a new neighborhood? Looking to get to know the people on your street? Great! Here are eight simple actions to get you started. Let’s see how you can transform your neighbors into lifelong friends.
You can’t be a good neighbor if you don’t have relationships with your neighbors. So, start by actually getting to know them. For example, you can take a direct approach and start a conversation when you see them outside. Or maybe consider hosting a block party at your house. If hosting isn’t your preference, you can begin with something smaller, like creating a neighbors’ Facebook group to track updates, answer questions for newcomers, and plan get-togethers.
From time to time, a friendly neighbor might come to your door. If you have a video doorbell, like the Arlo 2nd Gen Video Doorbell, you probably want to make the most of its features, such as 2K video capture and 2-Way Audio. However, consider using it primarily for interactions with strangers.
When it comes to building strong relationships with your neighbors, there’s nothing quite like face-to-face conversations. This will show them that you’re friendly and polite, and that you value their visits.
If your neighbors don’t come to your door, why not pay a visit to theirs? Invite them to join you for a coffee or share a slice of that pie you just made (or bought, we won’t tell).
Being a good samaritan can often be the quickest path to becoming a good neighbor. To build strong relationships within your community, try to simply be helpful. If you notice your next-door neighbors unloading a new fridge from their truck, why not offer a helping hand? It might only take 10 minutes and a bit of effort, but it can leave a lasting impression.
But being helpful doesn’t always require some elbow grease. There are many different ways to lend a hand. Perhaps you could offer to be their pet sitter when they’re out of town, or help with their packages. With a video doorbell like the Arlo 2nd Gen Video Doorbell, you can let them know their deliveries will be safe from porch pirates.
If you live in an apartment building, you already know that there’s no such thing as complete silence. There’s always TVs, footsteps, and other noises to be heard through your building’s (very) thin walls. That’s perfectly normal, and no one expects you to tiptoe around your own home. Still, try to be mindful of your noise levels, especially if there are community rules in place.
This involves being considerate of your neighbors and the impact your activities—and their sound— might have on their lives. Avoid cranking up your music at 2 a.m. or hosting late-night parties on a Tuesday. And please, resist the temptation to mow your lawn at the crack of dawn, early Sunday morning.
If you’re planning to throw a party, schedule it on a weekend and give your neighbors a heads-up in advance. In fact, why not take it a step further and also invite them over?
If your dog digs a hole in your neighbor’s front yard, that’s bad. If your dog repeatedly digs a hole in your neighbor’s front yard, that’s even worse. But if your dog digs a hole in your neighbor’s front yard several times and you do nothing about it, that’s called being a bad neighbor.
No matter what, it’s important to always be a responsible pet owner. This includes more than just regular vet visits and proper feeding. You should also make sure they’re not raising havoc outside. When you take your dog for a walk, be sure to keep them on a leash and clean up after them.
If you have a pet that tends to be an escape artist, it’s a good idea to minimize their getaways. One effective way to do this is by installing a security camera. It will let you keep an eye on them but also ease their anxiety. Consider options like the Arlo 2nd Gen Indoor Wired Security Camera, with 2-Way Audio, Night Vision, and an Automated Privacy Shield.
A well-kept house improves the overall beauty of your neighborhood, making it a more pleasant place for everyone. So, by taking care of your property and ensuring your home is clean, you’re maintaining your house’s beauty while contributing to the shared pride of your community along your property line.
Why should you support local businesses? There are many reasons, but for starters, they’re owned by your neighbors. Buying local is a wonderful way to give back to your community. By doing so, you’ll also get to know the people you share your neighborhood with.
Being a good neighbor goes beyond merely saying “Hi” sometimes. Supporting small, local businesses is a fantastic way to start. So, the next time you’re thinking about where to shop or dine, consider giving your local businesses a chance. You’ll be helping your community thrive and, who knows, maybe even discover some new friends.
You never know when an emergency might happen on your street. Was your next-door neighbor a victim of a home invasion? Did your friend from across the street lose their dog? You might have footage on hand that could prove very valuable to them when filing a police report or even an insurance claim.
Subscription plans like Arlo Secure are designed to enhance your security system with added benefits like 30-day security video recordings. This means, you can save and share security footage with your neighbors. Plus, it adds other useful features, including person, package, vehicle, or animal detection. This could be handy for searching for your neighbor’s lost pet.
It doesn’t take much to be a good neighbor, but it’s even easier to be a great one. Follow these tips to become the great neighbor you want to be. And remember, consideration is the key for building great relationships with your neighbors. What could be more considerate than looking out for each other’s security? With Arlo security cameras, video doorbells, and home security systems, you can make your home—and your community—feel safer.