Good fences makes good neighbours as the proverbs says. Good neighbours are great – who doesn’t want an acquaintance who can collect the mail while you're on vacation, or a trustworthy person to keep an extra set of keys? Having bad neighbours can be a nightmare, and can impact both your level of happiness and stress. Here are a few etiquette tips to reduce tension and keep the peace with your neighbours.
Introduce yourself. Whether you're new in the neighbourhood or new residents have just moved in on your block, introduce yourself. Neighbours don’t have to become your best friends but there are many reasons why knowing your neighbours is a good idea. Introduce yourself when you meet them (at the mailbox, while walking the dog or when you take out the garbage), learn their names and share or ask about the local area.
Keep your grounds neat and tidy. Only put your garbage out on the day it's due for collection. Keep your trash area clean, and wash your garbage cans if they begin to smell.
Control your pets. If you have pets, remember that not everyone is an animal lover. Keep your dog on a leash unless it is in your backyard or inside your home. If you have a particularly noisy dog, this may also become a source of contention for your neighbour. If you have problems controlling your dog's barking or whining, consider seeking advice from your vet. If the community doesn’t allow pets, don’t try to get away with it.
Be aware of shared walls. Observe reasonablehours for noisy activities. Make every effort to restrict activities, like mowing the lawn, using motorized tools, vacuum cleaning, hanging pictures or others that produce noise to suitable, waking daytime hours.
Alert your neighbours to parties. When it’s time to throw a party, remember your neighbours and be sure to give them plenty of warning, letting them know when it’s going to start and how long you expect it to go on. If you get on well with your neighbours, why not invite them too?
Practice parking etiquette. When you park your vehicle, be sure not to block anyone's access, or make them have to pull out of a very tight spot. Park in front of your home, not your neighbours. Avoid slamming your doors or shining your headlights into your neighbours’ windows late at night.
proverb – közmondás, szólás
acquaintance – ismerős (ember)
trustworthy – megbízható
set of keys – kulcscsomó
to impact – hatással lenni
to reduce tension – csökkenteni a feszültséget
neighbourhood – szomszédság
resident – lakos
to be due for – valamikor esedékes
on a leash – pórázon
unless – hacsak nem
backyard – (hátsó)kert, udvar
particularly – különösen
source of contention – harc forrása
barking – ugatás
whining – nyüszítés
to consider – figyelembe venni
to seek advice from – tanácsot kérni valakitől
community – (lakó) közösség
to get away with – valamit megúszni
to observe – figyelemben tartani
reasonable – ésszerű
to make an effort – erőfeszítést tenni
to mow the lawn – füvet nyírni
motorized tools – motorral hajtott kisgép
suitable – megfelelő, alkalmas
to throw a party – partit rendezni
warning – figyelmeztetés
to get on well with – jól kijönni valakivel
vehicle – jármű
access – hozzáférés
to pull out of – kocsival kiállni valahonnan
tight – szűkös
to avoid – elkerülni valamit
to slam – becsapni (ajtót)