The Benefits of Being a Friendly NeighborJune 2nd, 2010 by Rachael Weiner
Everybody likes a friendly neighbor, and being a nice and approachable neighbor to the other residents in your apartment building can have its benefits. Just so long as being friendly doesn’t cross over into being nosy or annoying, you’ll set yourself up for better relationships with those around you. Here are some of the benefits of being a friendly neighbor.
Your Home Becomes More Comfortable
Sure, you can live in your apartment happily and comfortably without knowing a single soul in the building, but isn’t life more enjoyable when you feel like you have friends nearby? One of the most basic benefits of being a friendly neighbor is knowing your neighbors and potentially making some new friends. Your life could potentially be enriched with more building camaraderie, like cookouts and cocktail gatherings from time to time.
You Have Someone To Get You out of a Bind
We’ve all been in situations where we’ve lost our laundry room access key, run out of sugar right in the middle of a baking cookies or had our car not start in the parking lot. If you’ve been a good neighbor and have helped your neighbors out of binds before, it’s much easier to ask someone to return the favor. Even if you’ve simply been friendly to the people in your building and have established a good rapport, approaching someone in your building for help seems less awkward and intrusive if you already know them on a first name basis.
You’ll Feel Safer and More Aware of Your Surroundings
Being friendly generally leads to getting to know the people around you, even if only on an acquaintance level. However, being a friendly neighbor and making a point to get to know the people in your building means that you’ll be more in tune to suspicious activity. As a general rule, whether in an apartment or in a house, knowing your neighbors is a good thing.
Your Neighbors Will Respect Your Requests
If you have an issue with one of your neighbors, having been friendly in the first place will work to your advantage. For example, asking your neighbor to turn down his or her music means more coming from Joe across the hall than it does the no-name guy in the building who never socializes with anyone.
It Makes for a Better Building
There’s a sense of community when everyone is friendly with one another, especially when it comes to any management negligence. Five voices (or more) are louder than one, and being a friendly neighbor means you can rally with other building residents if any issues ever come up surrounding building repair or overall landlord issues.
In life, in general, being friendly to other people is a good idea. You never know when you might need a helping hand, and having other people on your side can make a world of difference.
Rachael Weiner: I’m a communications professional for a non-profit, which financially necessitates my status as an apartment dweller. Constantly “on-the-go,” I’ve resided in five different apartments across the United States over the past five years. Roommate issues, budgeting, organizing and handling problem neighbors are my specialty.