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Tips for Being a Good Neighbor from The 501

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Welcome back to The 501 Blog. It’s a fact. Life is busy — for most of us extremely so — and it’s hard to fit everything in. That includes getting to know our neighbors. But, if we do carve out some time to get to know them, lifelong friendships can be born, good will can be created, and problems can be solved before they become a big issue. November is a good time to think about what we’re thankful for, including good neighbors at our Baltimore, MD apartments. In today’s blog post, we have some tips for being a good neighbor.


Be Friendly. One of the simplest things we can do is be friendly. A smile and a cheery hello is an easy thing to do that will help create a positive energy and build rapport with your neighbors.


Be Considerate. Being considerate can take on many forms. One of the most appreciated by neighbors is in regard to noise. A good rule of thumb is to keep music, TV, and loud conversations down after 9:00 p.m., and don’t use loud machines or power tools early in the morning, (vacuums can be loud). If you are throwing a party let your neighbor know in advance.


Be ResponsibleIf you have a pet, take care of it. Be aware that not everybody loves animals. Minimize potential complaints by promptly scooping the poop, dealing with loud barking, and teaching your dog not to jump on people. This is definitely a case where prevention is worth a pound of cure.


Be Clean. Keep shared space clean, and make sure your personal belongings don’t overflow into communal areas.


Be Neighborly. November is the perfect month to share a plate of pumpkin-spice cookies, a loaf of fresh-baked bread, or a batch of hot-spiced apple cider. Better yet, invite your neighbors over for a meal and a game night. Another idea is to invite a neighbor from The 501 to attend a community event in Baltimore.


Getting to know your neighbors here at The 501 can be a rewarding experience. We’re grateful for all of our wonderful residents. Happy Thanksgiving!