Tips on how to be a good neighbor in Fairfax Virginia

how to be a good neighbor fairfax virginia

Are you new to Northern Virginia? Are you looking for tips on how to be a good neighbor in Fairfax Virginia? Unless you live in a log cabin in the middle of the woods, chances are you do have neighbors that are a part of your community. Given your busy life, sometimes you might not to think of how you are truly making an impact on those around you, including your neighbors.

After all, being on good terms with your neighbors will not only make your life easy and pleasant but it can also come in handy like when you need someone to watch your dog or you’ve run out of flour! Setting an example for being a great neighbor will also likely inspire others to be like you which in turn will make your community an exceptional one to live in. Remember, you catch more flies with honey and it’s better to lead by example, even when it’s hard!

So, here are some tips on how to be a good neighbor:

Say Hello

It’s simple but it works! Say hi! You don’t have to have deep conversations with every single neighbor you have but saying “Hello”, “Good Morning” or even “Have a nice day” with an elbow bump can really make someone’s day and it doesn’t take a whole lot of effort. If there are new people moving in your community, make sure to introduce yourself and offer some recommendations on local services, restaurants or places to have fun. We’re all struggling these days due to lack of social contact so it’s important we do what we can when can. Offering a new neighbor a welcoming greeting to your new neighbors will go a long way in making them feel at home–and chances are they will mimic your example and spread the friendliness.

Be Mindful of Noise

No one likes noisy neighbors! If you live in a quiet, family-oriented neighborhood, blasting loud music late into the night every weekend will definitely make you the bad neighbor that no one wants to have. Be aware of your neighbors’ lifestyles, when they go to work and what their schedule might be like. If they work late nights for example, then quiet mornings will be something they will appreciate. Mowing your lawn at 7 o’clock in the morning will be something they won’t appreciate. Wait until the afternoon to do so! Of course, you’re not expected to be quiet as a mouse but try to keep any unavoidable noise during the normal hours and avoid getting noisy after 9 pm!

Be Respectful

As the Golden Rule says, “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you”, which means treat others as you would like them to treat you. For example, follow the parking rules. Don’t park in front of their house and don’t block their access. In addition, if you own a dog, always keep them on a leash and clean up after your dog.

Additionally, if you like to barbecue in your backyard, assure that the smoke doesn’t blow all over their property. Be aware of everyone’s personal space and keep your things off their property. Make sure your home’s curb appeal is on point. Maintaining the outside of your home and keeping it clean and tidy will benefit the entire neighborhood because it will drive up home value within the entire community.

Be Involved with Your Community

You don’t have to take charge of the PTA, but you don’t need to hide in your house either (though we realize that’s somewhat of a mandate these days). Yes, COVID-19 has made things more challenging, but perhaps you and your neighbors can celebrate the upcoming holiday by putting up Christmas lights together, or hosting a barbecue and outdoor football watch party, or having a nighttime bonfire with a small group. Getting together once in a while will help in getting to know each other better and create a sense of community involvement.

Being a good neighbor doesn’t have to be hard. A simple “Hello” goes a long way and always being mindful and respectful will never go unnoticeable by those around you. In fact, by setting an example of how a great neighbor should be will always inspire others to be just like you which will give your neighborhood a sense of well-being.

Last but not least, get involved within your community. Have some get togethers once in a while and have fun! While you don’t need to tell your neighbors your deepest secrets, be open to conversate with them and get to know them better.

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