14 Things Your Neighbors Will Never Tell You
Even if you consider your neighbors friends, there are some things they’ll simply never tell you. These 14 phrases are at the top of the list.
We Don't Put Our Garbage Out On Time
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.
We Leave Our Holiday Decorations Up Year-Round
It's July, but your neighbor's mailbox still has a Santa hat on it and their holiday lights are still dangling from the roof. No matter the holiday, when it's over, it's over. No one wants to see the Easter Bunny or rotting pumpkins from Halloween on the neighbor's lawn months after the fact. If there's a chill in the air, that means the holidays are coming! Here's a collection of clever hints and tips that will make your holiday decorating faster, easier and more fun!
We're Stealing Your Wi-Fi
You pay for your Wi-Fi service, and so should everyone else, right? Don't let your cheapskate neighbors use your Wi-Fi for free by ensuring your service is password protected. And be sure to create a strong password; in other words, don't use your name or address. Plus: Learn how to make Wi-Fi faster in your home.
We Have Horrible Taste
Whether it's tacky lawn ornaments like this enormous Sasquatch or a loud exterior paint color, your neighbor's taste can become aggravating over time. While you'll still be annoyed every time you drive by their house, you can at least block the view from your house by installing a privacy screen or closing the blinds.
We Have Bed Bugs
If there's one thing no one wants to hear is that their neighbor has bed bugs! And it's certainly not something your neighbors will divulge after a quick "hello" while taking out the trash. If you consider your neighbors your friends, there's a chance they could spread bed bugs into your home when you invite them over, and there's not much you can do to prevent it. We definitely don't recommend never inviting your neighbors over again, but it couldn't hurt to do bed bug checks in your home every now and again. If you have bed bugs, here's how to get rid of them.
We Can See Inside Your House at Night
Would you tell your neighbor you saw him or her in their birthday suit through their bedroom window the other day? That's awkward! Be sure your neighbor can't see into your house, especially at night when you have the lights on, by closing the blinds or non-see-through curtains. Check out these 10 awesome ideas for window treatments.
Our Birdbath is a Breeding Ground for Mosquitoes
Mosquitoes can lay eggs in even a thimble-size amount of standing water, so imagine the damage your neighbor's stagnant birdbath can do! A mosquito problem can make lounging in the backyard miserable in some parts of the country, so it couldn't hurt to ask your neighbor to refresh the water in their birdbath every couple of days—the whole neighborhood will thank you! Tips for cleaning your birdbath to prevent a mosquito problem.
Our Shed is Actually on Your Property
If your neighbor didn't locate their property lines before building a shed or other outdoor structure along the edge of their yard, there's a chance it's at least partially on your property. If that's the case, it's up to you whether you want to have the structure moved. It will almost certainly create tension between you and your neighbors, but property line markers are there for a reason.
We Don't Like Yard Maintenance
Your neighbor won't need to come out and tell you that they don't like yard maintenance, it'll be pretty obvious to any passerby! If it's absolutely maddening to you, offer to help your neighbor with lawn chores. Plus: Learn how to restore a weedy, patchy lawn.
We Fight Loud
It can be downright uncomfortable to hear your neighbors screaming at each other, especially when you run into them outside shortly after. But you can prevent unintentional eavesdropping from inside your house by closing the windows and soundproofing your rooms.
Our Dog Pees in Your Yard
If your neighbor lets their dog relieve itself in your yard, your grass will eventually show signs of the faux pas. It takes time and money to fix those brown patches, so it's worth asking your neighbor to stop allowing their dog to pee in your yard. We'll show you how to fix pet spots in your lawn here.
We Have a Termite Problem
Termites can do serious damage to a home. Even if your neighbor has a termite problem, there are plenty of steps you can take to defend your home if the pests attempt relocating to your property.
We're Going to Paint Our House a Really Ugly Color
What's just as bad as chipped paint on a house? How about a pukey green house? What about bright pink? Purple definitely doesn't go with the rest of the neighborhood either! Experimental colors can work well on islands or in funky cities, but when it comes to a standard neighborhood, those colors are usually unwelcome. Check out these house painting mistakes almost everyone makes.
We Thought Your Firewood Pile Was for the Whole Neighborhood
There are some things that just feel like freebies, like a loose flower on the ground or a fallen apple that fell into your yard from your neighbor's apple tree. But when it comes to invading people's yards for things like flowers or firewood, it's time for a confrontation! Check out these tips for buying firewood.