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How to Deal with inconsiderate neighbors

Updated on September 11, 2008

Tips for dealing with inconsiderate neighbours

I have shifted homes eleven times and each time i have had neighbours who start off by being so good and friendly and then slowly start showing a totally different avatar. I have had neighbours who have showered me with goodies which i don't need and they don't need either , neighbours who have accused me of listening to all their conversations by installing a special devise installed in their home and of considering myself superior because I belong to a higher caste, I have very friendly neighbours who at any time of the day pop in to a. print a sheet, print a photograph, scan a document, take care of their dog, use the Internet, borrow some rice, milk, sugar, coconut etc. and even treat me to their leftover chicken curry, fruit dessert, etc. I have had neighbours who haven't spoken a word to me in an entire year of opening and closing doors together for the milkman, telephone man, the paper boy, the garbage guy and so on and getting in and ot of the house together. It is from this particular neighbour that I learnt how to live without being bothered by neighbours...

1. Find a house that is separate from the rest of the blocks so you are automatically away from the happenings of the neighboring home.

2. Make sure there are no pets, no families with noisy children or newborn ones, no quarreling couples, no musicians - music lovers - singers, no stray dogs, stray cats, no donkeys (we have a construction site nearby where donkeys work during the day and bray at night) in the neighbourhood.

3. Don't converse with any body - keep a stern look on your face always. You never know neighbours seem like fun - but when you have to 'help' them with some milk, coffee powder, sugar, etc when they run out of it - even print out sheets when they run out of ink, help with their child's project, scan a few documents, make telephone complaints then it certainly is not fun. Hence be absolutely unapproachable.

4. Now about the noise - sound proof your home - If you live in a hot place air-condition it centrally - otherwise you could have heaters. Any thing that requires the windows to be shut out tight and doesn't let the outside air along with the noise in!

5. If you cannot afford an air-conditioner you could have a ceiling fan - an old one preferably which makes a rattling humming noise which will camouflage any noise that escapes into your house. An old cooler might also work - It makes a whooshing noise when it lets out cool air.

6. Make friends with the computer and the Internet. Write a lot of hubs. Sit at work getting huge traffic into your site. Earn money through the net so you don't have to go out of your house and meet and thereby make friends with people who will start spelling trouble for you...

7. Tire yourself out by working out hard so that when you fall into bed you go into deep slumber and nothing in the neighbourhood can wake you up from your beauty sleep.

8. If none of this works call the police - Ask for a special cell that is away from the rest and enjoy your beauty sleep.... Hope this helps. Good luck...


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      Subbalakshmi Kumar 

      6 years ago from Pune, India

      Thanks Carol, Sickandtiredofrudeneighbours, Realfoodie and Paris, for your comments! haven't been around here for a long long time - hence this late thanks..

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      8 years ago

      Tell me about this.

      I am surprised at how bad we hate our inconsiderate neighbors,

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      C De Melo 

      10 years ago

      Excellent hub...funny! I have had inconsiderate neighbors, too. It amazes me at how totally selfish and self-centered people can be. I rarely stay out VERY late, but when I do, I always climb the stairs so quietly, close my door softly and take off my shoes so that I don't wake anyone. It's just simple COURTESY and GOOD MANNERS to be considerate of others. I think if you want to behave like a loud, wild animal, you should really go live somewhere far away from people.

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      Sick&Tired of Rude neighbors. 

      11 years ago

      What about the inconsiderate insane neighbors who destroy your property by 4 wheeling in your basin while partying with their 40 ft up in the air bonfire in your development then try to walk all over you by telling you your unneighborly and try to belittle you when you set your boundaries justifying by saying "but that happened two years ago". Talk about neighbors who suck. Glad to have this hub to vent. Fortunately, at this time, they're the only thorns in my side. And I've HAD ENOUGH!!! NO MORE!!

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      11 years ago

      Neighbors always suck.The only way to get around that is to have a lot of money and have a place in the middle of lots of land.

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      Subbalakshmi Kumar 

      12 years ago from Pune, India

      Thanks mistyhorizon, roddma, Actually my current neighbourhood is great! And acc to me one cannot avoid the occassional late night party or pets, or kids playing.... It's part of life..

      I have an interesting neighbour who used to hate kids and say don't do this and that - Don't go here - there etc. She would be happiest if all the kids (33 of them from ages 1 - 18) just sat on the bench and spoke to each other in hushed tones!!!

      But now she has a grand child and wow what a change!!!! So it is a matter of perspective you see!! ;)

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      12 years ago

      I use to love neighbors They were older folks who minded their own business. They were friendly adn went ot bed early. Now you got a rental house on one side with folk in and out screwed up on something and three of four teens on the other side and parents with vehicles in and out. We had decent renters on one side but they moved and left their kids behind.. Another wont speak a word to you. No wonder I stay on puter lol

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      Cindy Lawson 

      12 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      Hilarious, you really should read the hub I wrote after my friend had a major problem with her neighbours after she replaced a wall with a fence that divided their land. Initially the neighbours agreed to pay for half of the work, but once the work was done £2000 later, they claimed they had never said that and complained the fence had been put up without planning permission. Some months later, and many lawyers fees between them, my friends decided simply to pay for the fence themselves, but the neighbours and them sincerely hate each other now. I recommended various forms of revenge, most of which are included in my Hub,

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      Subbalakshmi Kumar 

      12 years ago from Pune, India

      Thanks VioletSun - Glad you enjoyed it :)

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      12 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

      Enjoyable hub! Liked the keep a stern look. LOL!


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