Moving can be a daunting task and not knowing anyone in the area can leave you feeling stranded. Have you ever thought about getting to know your neighbours? Not only will you make new friends but getting to know your neighbours can have several benefits for yourself! We have gathered up the top 7 reasons you should make an effort with your neighbours because you never know what might happen!
Now if you’re anything like me, you’re never home. So when the delivery time states from 9am – 7pm and you’re at work all day, it can be a hard challenge to get anything delivered. Not to worry, if you have a neighbour on hand you could ask them if they would be willing to take it in for you and you can always repay the favour! It will save you trekking down to the local post office every day and it can be especially useful around Birthdays and Christmas.
Whether you have a pet or a child, you may find that your neighbours are willing to watch over them for you. Maybe they have a teenager who is keen to earn some extra pennies? You’ll never know if you don’t ask.
If your neighbour’s pet is also making a lot of noise, creating a relationship with them first will make it a lot easier to talk to them about it. You will be able to avoid conflict and this is the same for any sort of issue you have.
The man for the job
No need to call your knight in shining armour; you may well be living next to a plumber, doctor or an electrician!
Whilst getting to know your neighbours, why not ask about their career as I’m sure there is a whole host of people who will be able to help you out in those emergency moments! You may even be able to return the favour with your own skills (depending on your job).
What’s yours is mine
Now I don’t mean this literally; but if you’re ever in the need of some eggs for a cake, batteries for your remote or a tool to fix something – being friends with your neighbours can save you the hassle of driving to the shops and you can simply borrow it from them.
But don’t forget to return everything you’ve borrowed.
Your own neighbourhood watch
Not every street has a neighbourhood watch. It is a great reason to get connected with your neighbours, as they will be able to watch out for you and your home if you’re ever not in. If you’re friendly with your neighbours, it is a great idea to let them know if you’re going away and many people even give out a spare key to their neighbours just in case of an emergency.
Thinking of throwing a party? Worried about how much noise you are going to create? Why not give your neighbours a polite warning in advance, they may even join you. They will be less likely to complain and they may even invite you to their own events in the future.
If you’re on good terms with your neighbour, you may have left a spare key with them for emergencies. It’s more than likely you will lock yourself out of your house within your lifetime so picking up that spare key can be super handy. If you haven’t left a key with them, they may invite you in to wait for a locksmith to arrive, instead of standing out in the rain.
Another helpful thing your neighbour could be useful for is helping you jump-start your battery, or they could offer you a warm cuppa whilst you wait for the recovery team to arrive.