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10 Things Your Neighbors Want You to Stop Doing

It's not a big deal to you, but your neighbors are rolling their eyes!

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Pet neglect

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 are enough to drive passersby berserk! If you’re concerned about your neighbors’ thoughts, check out these 10 things your neighbor will never tell you.

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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. Don’t miss these 22 secrets your real estate agent isn’t telling you.

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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.

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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.

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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.  Find out 15 signs your home is vulnerable to being robbed.

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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. Here are some signs you’re a good neighbor. 

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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. Here are 12 heartwarming stories of things people have done to help out their neighbors.

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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.

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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.

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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. Next, find out the 16 things your neighbor knows about you.

Originally Published on The Family Handyman

Alexa Erickson
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