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How to Negotiate with your Neighbor without the headache

Having to bring up a discrepancy with your neighbor is NEVER fun, but it doesn’t have to end in a screaming match. If you find yourself to be a type A personality, there are ways to get your way AND make everyone else happy. Here’s how –

Upon moving in/ New neighbors moving in

Make sure you have the conversations that mean the most. If you are a person that has to be up and out of the house by 6AM, communicate that with your neighbor without blunting asking them to stop all noise by 9PM. Subtly dropping hints, allows people to think that its their idea to be quiet rather than being told to do so.

Call them before calling the cops – or landlord

No body likes a snitch. If something is REALLY bothering you, make sure to take it to your neighbor first. And if things are truly out of hand, at least you’ve warned them multiple times.

Create an open line of communication

If they have something that they are upset about that you’re doing – make sure to address the situation. Knowing that you are doing all that you can to make their life easier makes it easier for them to respect your wishes. nothing is worse than a one sided relationship.

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How to be a Good Neighbor – Without the Inconvenience

Sometimes being a good neighbor can be extremely inconvenient – but it doesn’t have to be! Here are some simple tips to making your neighbor’s life easier and not having to get that dreaded knock on your door —

Keep it down!

You like to play music, have people over or even have a dog that might be a little overactive. But there are simple solutions to these everyday problems. Once you put your music on, step outside to see how if you can hear it if you were to walk down your hallway and then adjust accordingly.
Give your neighbors a heads up that friends will be over and to text you if things get a little loud.
Take your dog for walks throughout the day to keep them from pent up energy that turns into barking at late hours.

The hallway is not an extension of your apartment.

Try not to loiter in the halls, you have an ENTIRE apartment to lounge around in. Why else are you paying rent?
If you need extra storage, try putting it on your back patio or hanging it in the front of your apartment or inside – rather than clogging up the hallway.
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