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The Benefits of Being Neighbourly

The Benefits of Being Neighbourly

Everybody needs good neighbours

The Benefits of Being Neighbourly

Ask previous generations what life was like growing up, and they will more often than not tell stories about neighbourhood barbecues, street parties and playing with other kids in the neighbourhood.

These days, there is less of a neighbourhood culture. We tend to lead busier lives, less of us are staying at home throughout the day, and the increase in apartment living means that there is a less of that familiarity you get between seeing one another out on the street on a daily basis. Added to this the increasing pressures of work, commuting, family and social commitments, and we have lost these important neighbour connections.

Even if you are someone who generally likes to keep to themself, there are still many benefits to being neighbourly.

Sharing Space

Lots of communities have parks and open spaces, as well as other shared amenities. Even if you live in a high rise apartment building, you are bound to be sharing a carpark, driveway or maybe a gym. Having a better connection with your neighbours means that you can more easily enjoy these shared assets together.

Dispute Resolution

Overly chatty neighbour? Or perhaps the guy above you likes to pump his music late at night? Putting a face to a name and actually meeting your neighbours means you have an opportunity to talk out any of these issues before they inflame. Plus it’s always easier to empathise with someone you know.

Pet Sitting

Going on holiday? Neighbours are a great resource for minding your pet, checking your mail or putting your bins out.

Security

 Neighbourhood watches have been shown to be extremely effective across diverse communities. Even if it is just having someone know who you are and generally what is going on with you, it is always good to have someone looking out for you.

Bulk Shopping

 If you are lucky enough to live in a community with a shared garden, you already know the benefits of trading with your neighbours. A big trend in modern communities is taking advantage of buying in bulk, and who better to share this with than the folks next door? This can be particular advantageous for home delivery services.

These are just some of the reasons why you should get to know the people around you. Who knows? You may even make a friend

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