It’s the neighbors from hell! Seriously, one can really have the worst misfortune of living next door to the most disagreeable people you’ll ever meet. And whereas the rest of the neighborhood just avoids them, you don’t have a choice but to deal with them every waking day of your life. Before declaring an all-out war with each other, here are some tips which might help you get through this crisis.
Prevention is better than cure. This is also true in this case. Before you move into a neighborhood, it might do you good if you do a little (or a lot of) background check. Neighborhoods which have regular community activities usually have good camaraderie.
Don’t be a snob yourself. Like you, people form judgments about newcomers. Where there are blanks, neighbors might fill these with negatives rather than the positives. To avoid people forming erratic impressions about you, be approachable. Do not avoid small talk because it gives your neighbors a chance to get to know the real you.
You can’t complain about a bad neighbor, if it’s not heaven living next to you either. When you complain to the homeowner’s association/landlord/super, make sure that there are no complaints against you. It would be too embarrassing if it turns out you’re worse than your neighbors.
The best way to have a good neighbor is to be a good neighbor too, making sure that the leaves of the trees stays in your yard, that your dog doesn’t bark too loud, and that your kids don’t vandalize on the next door’s fences.