Good Neighbour Practices

Its summer! Time to embark on those outdoor projects that you have been thinking about over the winter, from simple trimming the hedges, putting in a pool, landscaping your yard or replacing the roof. No matter what your plans are for home improvement, be sure to take your neighbours into consideration and follow good neighbour etiquette practices. Here are a few things to keep in mind.

Give notice in advance. Simply knocking on the door and letting neighbours know what you’ll be doing and what hours you’ll be working will be appreciated. Provide advance notice to any homes nearby that may be impacted and put everyone at ease and then everyone will be more understanding and patient.

Don’t start too early or work too late. Make sure your projects take place during reasonable work hours. No one wants to hear weed whackers, lawn mowers, leaf blowers, drills and saws at 7:00 a.m. or 8:00 p.m. This is especially important on the weekends.

Clean up after yourself. In addition to noise, a messy work space is another factor that can be irritating to your neighbours. Whether it is dirt and leaves from your landscaping project or debris from the deck you’re building, be sure to clean as you go. Tidy at the end of each day.

Don’t let things go on forever. Before you start on a project, make sure you have the money and time to see it through to completion in a reasonable timeframe. The sooner it gets done the better.