How to Get Along Successfully
5 Tips for Neighborly Living
- Introduce yourself to your neighbors and ask them if they have any questions or concerns—be sure to exchange phone numbers— for you probably do not know who lived there before you, and you do not want bad blood from the previous tenants tainting your current relationship.
- Get to know them: learn their names, occupations and the names of any children.
- Especially if your neighbors are older or have certain difficulties, offer to help them by taking out the trash or shoveling their walk after it snows. Send a card to the new parents, even if it is just to say hello. Be neighborly!
- Give your neighbors advance notice if you are planning a social gathering, and let them know what time it should be over. Noise ordinances are generally enforced after 10 PM. You can even invite them, if appropriate. Make sure to give them a number to call in case any problems arise (e.g. excessive noise, trespassing or improperly parked cars). They will be more likely to call you instead of the police.
- If you’ve had guests over, ensure they do not litter on your neighbor’s property- and if they do- PICK IT UP!
- Take care of your property. It doesn’t hurt to take out your trash, keep your lawn mowed and your house in good repair. Put your trash and recycling outside the morning of pick up. This is a township ordinance and prevents animals from getting into the trash and digging it across your lawn. It keeps your property clean and reduces neighbor complaints. Trash days change depending on where you live, so check with your neighbors.
- Park your vehicle only in designated areas. In some parts of Ewing Twp., parking on the streets is illegal, so make sure you check your tenant for proper parking areas. While parking, check to make sure you’re not blocking fire hydrants or driveways.
- If you are permitted to have pets, make sure you pick after them and keep them on a leash. Nobody likes your dog that runs around the neighborhood making messes in other people’s yards. Also, have any dogs licensed and registered with the township.
- Always remember you are part of a community. It’s important for you to do your part in community activities. Don’t shirk away from helping an elderly lady with groceries, or to help a neighbor rake his leaves. Respect those around you and they will respect you.
Being a Good Host
- Talk to your roommates before the party and set up parameters: number of guests, time frame, alcohol, etc.
- Ensure all of your drinking guests have designated drivers or the cash to pay for a cab. Hosts can be held responsible for the actions of their guests after they have left your property.
- Do not serve alcohol to people who are under 21 years of age— the penalties if you are caught are severe.
- Make sure all of your guests have access to food, water and other non-alcoholic beverages.
- Keep a close eye on all of your guests to make sure they are not suffering from alcohol poisoning. Only invite people you know and trust as an open invite leaves the door open— literally— for too many people, people who may not respect your house or neighbors like you do.
- Make sure you clean up any debris from your party the next morning. Your neighbors will not appreciate solo cups strewn all over your lawn.
- DO NOT EVER HESITATE to call 911 if you are concerned about someone’s health or safety. See Lifeline Legislation.