Essay about Dealing with Neighbors
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Home is a place that most people consider their haven, where they can relax after a hard days work, enjoy being with family, and spend the weekends and summers outside. At the same time, being part of the neighborhood and getting to know the people who live around you can also make a neighborhood enjoyable. However, when there are certain neighbors who insist on making life difficult, learning to deal with these rude neighbors can make the situation a little easier to bear.
Neighbors often borrow things from each other, which can be anything from a grocery item to something of greater value. While some things do not need replacing, other things such as tools or appliances definitely need to be returned. When a neighbor keeps the…show more content…
This can really be a problem and cause hard feelings. Therefore, bringing it to their attention and asking them to refrain from letting their animal roam free is usually the proper thing to do. Asking them to clean up their pet’s mess and thanking them in advance is another way of getting the message across.
Noise is sometimes an issue with neighbors who live next door, especially when it occurs in the wee hours of the night. Loud music that can be heard all the way across the street or even outside of the home is very disrespectful, especially when everyone is trying to sleep. The only choice is to get dressed, knock on the neighbor’s door, and explain to them that the noise is so loud that it is keeping you and your family awake. Even if you wait until the next morning, it is still important to relay the message in a courtly fashion.
Many neighbors will perhaps have parties from time to time, yard sales or even other family members who may visit. However, it is up to the neighbor to make sure your property is not used for a parking lot, or that your car, driveway or mailbox is not blocked. While asking in advance as a favor is one thing, taking it for granted that it is “okay”, and having it happen often, is being rude. At the same time, being aggressive, demanding and causing a scene could perhaps be the beginning of a feud. Instead, phoning the
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