Be a Good Apartment Neighbor
No matter where you live, for some reason today most of us often do not know our apartment neighbors. Let's face it. Most of us are pretty busy nowadays. It's not easy to find the time to develop good relations with your neighbors, but it's still a good idea to do so.
Not only will it make you feel good to know your neighbors, but it is smart, especially for apartment dwellers. You may spend a lot of time on the computer building a social network on Facebook or My Space, but how about building one where you live! It sounds reasonable and it is.
Here are a few ideas.
Next time you see a neighbor, say hello and introduce yourself.
You may be new to the community or may have lived with us for years. It does not matter. Say hello. Knock on a few doors nearby and let your neighbor know who you are. Leave a note just saying hello or welcome if it is someone who has just moved in. If you do, you will often find that your neighbor will look out for you and your property.
Talk to our apartment complex manager about putting together a small community party. If there is a barbecue area, you may be able to use it. There might be a party room you can use. Invite the people who live close by, on your floor or in your building. Order an inexpensive party plate or a few pizzas. Some of your neighbors might chip in but the small expense could well be worth your piece of mind and you'll enjoy the social contact. Stick with non alcoholic beverages. If it is an issue nearby, organize a National Night Out. You will reap rewards from the small amount of time and effort you put into this, and you can probably get one of your neighbors to help out.
Noise may well be the biggest problem between neighbors in a complex. You like your music and everyone else likes theirs. But just remember that your neighbors may be on a different work schedule than you. Some sleep in the day or go to bed early to be up early. Some work at home. Just be aware of your neighbors when you are watching TV or listening to your iPod. If a neighbor complains to the management, don't be offended. Take it with a grain of salt and do your best to treat your neighbors with the consideration that you would want.
Another noise maker is exercise. If you get a new treadmill, ask your neighbors if it bothers them. Find out from them when it might be convenient for you to use it.
Keep your apartment area clean.
You would not want to come home at night and find the entrance to your building or your hallway littered with trash. You sure don't want to smell it or fall over it. Keep your outside area clean. Don't leave anything in hallways, on landings, stairways, or balconies.
Remember, it is easy to be a good neighbor. Just always apply the Golden Rule of treating and respecting others the way you wish to be treated and respected.