On occasion, we are all guilty of making some noise such as doing DIY or having a party, but if it happens too often, it can become a problem.
Consider your actions and how they could affect others living near to you.
To help avoid problems, you could try these simple steps to being a good neighbour:
- Notify, or even invite, neighbours if you are going to have a party
- Keep the bass on your stereo down
- Encourage guests to arrive and leave quietly
- Park cars considerately and encourage guests to do so
- Ensure your pets are looked after so they are less likely to cause a nuisance while you are out
- Make sure your house and car alarms are working properly
- Be aware of different lifestyles, for example, if they have young children, quiet evenings will be important to them or if they work night shifts, quiet mornings will be important to them
- Keep your garden tidy
- Try to do noisier DIY jobs during the day when they will cause least disturbance
Also, a good neighbour should be reasonably tolerant and understanding of differences in lifestyles and cultures. If a neighbour is causing a nuisance think to yourself – am I being reasonable?
Your neighbours may not realise that the noise they are creating can be heard by you and is causing a disturbance. Try speaking to them in the first instance.