15 Things Your Neighbors Want You to Stop Doing
It’s not big deal to you, but your neighbors are rolling their eyes!
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 is enough to drive passersby berserk! If you’re concerned about your neighbors’ thoughts, check out these 10 things your neighbor will never tell you.
Raking Leaves Into Their Yard
There are a lot of things you shouldn’t do if you want to remain on good terms with your neighbors, and raking your pile of leaves into their yard is definitely one of them! These are the things you should never do with your fallen leaves.
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. On the subject of hoarding, check out 12 of the craziest things ever found during home inspections.
Leaving Toys in the Front Yard
Besides deducting serious points from your home’s curb appeal, leaving your kids’ toys scattered around the front yard is a dangerous habit. Abandoned Frisbees, balls, skateboards, and other outdoor toys on the lawn could make your home a target for potential burglars.
Forgetting to Mow Your Lawn
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. Need lawn help? Check out these top 10 perfect lawn maintenance tips.
Not Bringing Your Trash Bins In from the Street
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! Speaking of unsightly trash, here are 9 ways to disguise your trash bin.
Forgetting to Close Your Garage Door
Neighbors are great for providing an extra set of eyes and ears aware of what’s going on in the neighborhood. But, the more times you leave your garage door wide the less your neighbors will notice if someone who’s not supposed to be there has it open and is hauling things away. Speaking of stealing, here are 21 things a burglar won’t tell you.
Honking Your Horn Until the Kids Come Out
So your kids aren’t early birds and it takes forever to get them out of bed, clothed, fed and out the door. You’ve now resorted to sitting in your running car in the driveway and honking the horn each minute they don’t come out. It may be a release of anger for you, but it’s sure to build up some anger in a disturbed neighbor nearby, as well. Use a simple fused jumper to pinpoint the problem with a bad horn. Often the fix is simple and cheap.
Being Too Pushy
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. If you just love giving your neighbors gifts, check out this DIY holiday gift guide.
Being Overly Concerned
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. If raccoons are of concern in your neighborhood, check out this DIY pest control.
Hanging Laundry Over The Fence
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. Don’t have a fence? Here’s how to build a fence for privacy.
Cleaning at Odd Hours
Whether you’re an early bird or a night owl, neither make for proper times to turn on the vacuum with the music booming to boot. What may seem a reasonable time to you may not be acceptable for others. For instance, if your neighbors have small children, try not to fire up the leaf blower at naptime. Here are more annoying noises and how to eliminate them.
Keeping Up with the Joneses
In case you didn’t know, waxing your Maserati every morning in the front yard so the neighbors can see is obnoxious. And, there are other ways you can annoy neighbors regarding possessions and prosperity. When a neighbor tells you about their new washer and dryer or barbecue grill, don’t always feel you have to one-up them with a detailed description of what you just bought. Be gracious and grateful. There’s no point in even trying to match the grandeur of these 50 extremely remote castles!
Walking Around Outside in Boxers
Unless there’s an emergency, you probably have time to throw on some sweatpants to get the morning paper. No one really wants to see you down to your skivvies while they sit with their morning coffee on their porch, take an afternoon stroll through the neighborhood, or play in the yard with their kids while you mow the lawn or take a cat nap. Check out these 10 things you shouldn’t do when hosting houseguests.
Letting Trash Pile Up
If you produce so much trash that you need to pile up bags around your trash bin, you’re probably annoying your neighbors. If your trash bin isn’t big enough to hold a week’s worth of your garbage, get a larger bin. No one wants to look outside their window or go for a leisurely walk down the street and see piles of trash stacked up. Your trash bin doesn’t have to be an eyesore. Check out these genius disguises.