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Are You a Good Neighbor?

Updated on January 14, 2013

We all have to deal with our neighbors. Some of us are fortunate to be blessed with kind, friendly and respectful neighbors, but some of us are not so fortunate and we end up with the neighbors from hell. If you own your own home, you are pretty much stuck with your neighbors. If you rent, you can wait until your lease is up and move someplace else. In the meantime, you will have to put up with those rude neighbors. It seems that sometimes people do not realize how their behavior affects others. Could you possibly be the real problem? You probably are saying no I believe I am a good neighbor. Well, maybe you are not as good of a neighbor as you think.

Are you:

The Nosy Neighbor - These are the people that are always peeping out of their window to see what everyone in the neighborhood is doing. They may also strike up conversations with other people in your neighborhood or building, just to get information on everyone's comings and goings. These types of neighbors can be good sometimes, because if something happens, they usually will be able to tell the police a blow by blow description of the perpetrator.

The Messy Neighbor - These are the people that keep all types of crap in their yard. These people could care less how the outside of their home looks. If animals get into their trash, they take their sweet time picking it up or not pick it up at all. They leave old toys and ornaments in their yard. If they ever open their garage, it is so full of stuff that you can't fit a car or anything else in it. Don't be surprised if they hang up a clothes line outside to air their laundry.

The Complainer: These people complain about everything.They complain if a blade of grass grows too long onto their property. If you have company and your guests park in front of their house, they are the first ones to knock on your door asking your guests to move their cars.

The Borrower: These are the ones that always need to borrow something from you and either they never return what they borrowed or its not returned in the same condition they received it. After the tenth time of borrowing your lawnmower, you would think they could have saved up for one of their own.

The Irresponsible Animal Owner: These are the ones that let their animals poop in your yard or allow their animals to dig up the flowers you spent all season nurturing. Let's not forget the ones that just let their animals loose to roam the neighborhood. There are also the ones that leave their animals tied up in all kinds of inclement weather. This is just totally irresponsible.

The Noisy Neighbor: These are the people that have a party every night. The music is always blaring or they are always yelling and screaming. Then you have to deal with the children screaming and crying, and let's not forget the dog that annoyingly barks all day, everyday.

If you find that you are guilty of any of these nuisances, please keep in mind that we all want to live in a clean and peaceful neighborhood. We all may have our moments that we are not good neighbors, but you should be mindful of how your behavior affects your neighborhood. Your bad habits can affect the property values in your community. We have a homeowners association that welcomes complaints, but don't put your neighbors in the position to have to lodge a complaint against you. Be respectful of your neighbors and of your community, because some of us take pride in our homes. Are you a good neighbor?

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    • NayNay2124 profile image
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      NayNay2124 5 years ago

      Billy, thank you for reading my hub and for the fan mail.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I think I have had all of those neighbors at one time or another...interesting hub.

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      NayNay2124 5 years ago

      Lol. Al, I hope your not one of these neighbors, if so this is your wake-up call.

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      NayNay2124 5 years ago

      Thank you Chelsea. Hopefully you do not have a neighbor with any of these issues.

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      chelseacharleston 5 years ago

      Pretty comprehensive collection of issues! Well done!

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      alocsin 5 years ago from Orange County, CA

      Oh no, what if we ourselves are the neighbors in this hub? Voting this Up and Interesting.

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      NayNay2124 5 years ago

      So, so true Rich. Thanks for reading and commenting.

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      richfsr 5 years ago

      The bigger the fence, the better the neighbor. Best to be cordial with neighbors and not too friendly. When you are too friendly with your neighbor that tends to lead to borrowing, annoying, nosey, complaining or gossiping.

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      NayNay2124 5 years ago

      Lol. Leah, I wrote this hub because we all have a neighbor who is guilty of at least one of these. Thanks for reading and commenting.

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      Leah Helensdottr 5 years ago from Colorado

      This is a very good hub (voted interesting and useful), and I have one more category for you: the neighbor who wants to run your homeowners' association so he can get approval for his projects--projects he describes as an improvement to the neighborhood and claims were requested by other members, but which in fact are his own idea and enable him to use his equipment or his contacts--at the homeowners' expense. Can you tell I've got one of those neighbors?