Neighbor Etiquette During Home Renovations

Neighbor Etiquette During Home Renovations

December 12, 2016

We’ve all heard the horror stories—interactions with neighbors, gone horribly wrong. When you move into a new home, you can only hope that your next door and down the street neighbors are if not lifelong best friends, at least tolerable. You get bonus points if you’re able to comfortably pop down for a cup of sugar, you get extra bonus points if you feel comfortable leaving your children with them, or at least enjoying a drink after work. But unfortunately, we frequently hear about the other end of the spectrum. We hear about quarrels between neighbors about property lines or noise levels. When you’re about to embark on any home renovation projects, you want everyone’s support behind you. This is stressful enough as is, no need to make it any more so. The aforementioned everyone, includes your neighbors. Here are some great ways to play nice with your neighbors, when embarking on any home renovation adventures.

Give them a heads up. It doesn’t matter if all of the work will be contained to a few hours in the middle of the day. It doesn’t matter if contractor trucks and vans won’t be blocking the driveways or access points to properties around you. It doesn’t matter if your neighbors won’t even see the work taking place, because it will be tucked away inside. None of this matters because as a matter of respect, you should always give your neighbors a heads up if any work is being done. This can only benefit you. They’ll be pleased that you kept them in the loop. They’ll also be able to answer the call if there are any issues, when you’re not at home.

Be considerate when planning. When you work with companies like VIC Underpinners, you absolutely have a say in the planning process. We take your needs into account. This includes scheduling. If you know that work at certain hours of the day will bother your neighbors, just let us know. We will do everything in our power to ensure that all is calm and peaceful on your street.

Return the favor. There is a flip side to this—what happens if your neighbor is having work done? If this is the case, flex your patience muscle and remember to put yourself in their shoes. Home renovations are stressful enough, you don’t want to add any more fuel to the fire, just because the trucks loaded in, a bit too early in the morning for you. Remember to put everything into perspective in this scenario, you’ll probably be in their shoes sooner or later.

Say thank you. If your neighbors have gone above and beyond to be supportive during your home renovations, make sure that you show your gratitude. This is as simple as knocking on the door and expressing your thanks, in person. You can also write a quick note or share a gift basket. Bottom line, it will pay off in the long run. After all, what goes around, comes around.