Managing Your Neighbors for the Holidays and Beyond

If you own or even rent a house you most likely will have neighbors. And with neighbors come “neighbor issues”.  I’ve experienced everything from fencing issues, lake front issues, dog issues, and some have ended up in court battles.  But there are ways to avoid making your neighbors your enemy.  As an estate manager I find it extremely important to become part of your neighborhood. Here are my few trusted tips for meeting your neighbors for this holiday season and beyond.

Introduce Yourself

It’s always great to have a formal introduction of yourself when you make a move into a new neighborhood.  Many people wait for their neighbor to come over and say hi, but the truth is this rarely happens.  You are the new kid on the block and it’s best if you say hi first - the earlier the better.  I always make it a habit to make face contact with the neighbors the first week of the job.  Simply walk over and give akind knock on the door introducing myself as the Neighbor or in my case Estate Manager.  I hand them my business card and tell them to feel free to contact me for any reason at any time.  It’s also great to exchange contact info. 

Exchange Contact Information

Give your neighbor a phone number preferable a cell number and your email.  A phone call complaint always comes off better than one where they might have to walk over and knock.  No one wants to seem like the jerk who barges over during the middle of a party.

Invite Neighbors to your Parties

At minimum inform neighbors of your parties and let them know if it’s a private or family affair.  If not for the noise complaints they might want to know if parking in or around their property will be affected.

Send Holiday Cards

Add neighbors to your holiday gift/card list.  I have implemented this with many clients who don’t get the importance of sending a simple card to business associates, neighbors and family alike.

Keep Notes

I like to keep a note of things that are issues between my client and their neighbors.  Sometime it best to write them down before you present the problem.  Often it will help you realize maybe it’s not such a big deal.