8 Things Your Neighbors Want You to Stop Doing

By Alexa Erickson

It’s not big deal to you, but your neighbors are rolling their eyes!

Pet neglect

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There are many forms of pet neglect that are just rude! Leaving your dog chained up outside all day and letting it bark in distress is just as distressing to your neighbors. Another type of neglect would be piles of poop all over your yard. Not only is it gross not to pick up your animal’s business so they have a fresh patch of grass for later, but the appearance and smell of it are enough to drive passersby berserk! If you’re concerned about your neighbors’ thoughts.

Abandonment

Car with Rust and Corrosion, damage from road salt


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A collection of rusty cars in the front yard is not a sight for sore eyes. You may be proud of the collection you’re working on, or plan to work on, but all anyone else sees is a load of junk! The same goes for abandoned toys, bikes, gardening tools, etc.

Forgetting to mow your lawn

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Your yard doesn’t have to look perfect to please your neighbors, but overgrown grass just makes a home look deserted, and brings down the value of the entire neighborhood. Rule of thumb: During the growing season, mowing once a week should suffice. The rest of the time, cutting every other week will do.

Not bringing your trash bins in from the street

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Trash day was Monday, but it’s Wednesday and your busy schedule has lead you past your trash bins on the street two days in a row for that restful seat on the couch inside your cozy home. While you may not care, your neighbors have to wake up to the eyesore on the street each morning, so just take the extra time and roll them in!

Not bringing your trash bins in from the street

plastic recycle binBusiness stock/Shutterstock

Trash day was Monday, but it’s Wednesday and your busy schedule has lead you past your trash bins on the street two days in a row for that restful seat on the couch inside your cozy home. While you may not care, your neighbors have to wake up to the eyesore on the street each morning, so just take the extra time and roll them in!

Being too pushy

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Yes, saying hello when you pass your neighbor is generally expected, but stopping every time to catch up, or even knocking on their door regularly with a muffin they have to try or Girl Scout cookies they need to purchase to help your kid out, isn’t friendly—it’s pushy. Be kind, but let your neighbors have their space.

Being overly concerned

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If you’re the type of person who is constantly keeping your neighbor up to date about a lurking stranger in the area, a rogue raccoon or a weather alert, back off. Your neighbors are adults, and while it’s nice to keep them in the know, use discretion and don’t overdo the warnings.

Hanging laundry over the fence

Laundry concept with towel stack and clothespins. Copy space.Michelle Patrick/Shutterstock

So, you and your neighbor built a fence to define your space. That’s good! But, if you’re constantly draping your wet towels or other laundry over the fence that’s just annoying. Keep the peace by keeping your stuff on your side of the fence.

Originally Published on The Family Handyman

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