Home improvement projects can be fun, but dealing with cranky neighbors isn’t. Loud music, barking dogs, a messy lawn, and taking up too many parking spaces on the street are just a few of the many things your neighbors might already hate you for. The good news is that you can start and finish home improvement projects while still keeping the peace with your neighborhood. These home upgrades will spruce up your home, and avoid burning bridges with your neighbors.
Set Some Boundaries
And no, we’re not talking about building a prison-style fence around your yard to keep neighbors out. But setting up barriers your neighbors can appreciate will give your yard a facelift and give both sides of the fence a little more privacy. When building your fence, there are a couple things you’ll need to consider: how big you want your fence to be, what materials you’ll need for the project, your fence installation cost, other labor and installation costs, and how long it’s going to take to build. Also be sure to consult with your neighbor beforehand to determine property lines, legal rights and HOA rules for both parties. They might even be able to give you some creative insight for your new shared fence!
Try picking a fence that will complement both yours and your neighbors’ yards without costing you an arm and a leg. Considering your neighbors opinions, legal, and privacy rights before you decide to install a fence will show your neighbors that you respect them and may even earn you some major neighbor brownie points!
Work On Your Curb Appeal
No one wants to live next to that ugly hot pink house next door or the house down the road that doesn’t have any grass. Consider giving your house a fresh paint job, installing new light fixtures or planting some fresh flowers in a classy DIY flower planter box for a pop of color. If you’re already happy with your front yard, then just be sure to keep it nice and tidy. If you have large trees or bushes in your yard, make sure you are trimming the branches and raking up any fallen leaves, especially if they happen to fall onto your neighbor’s side of the fence. Keeping your yard up will make you feel good and make your neighbors proud to live next to you.
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Make Your Backyard Family (And Neighbor!) Friendly
In addition to tidying up your front yard, you should consider working in your backyard too. The perfect backyard should be able to host kids’ parties, barbecues, casual hangouts and everything in between. Adding some nice patio furniture or a cool new fire pit (for s’mores nights!) is a perfect home improvement project that everyone will love. If you have kids you could add a pool or build a jungle gym for them to play. For the grown-ups, you could build a bar with bar stools and patio lights to host amazing parties and get-togethers. Transform your backyard into a place where you can invite friends, family and of course neighbors.
The most important thing before starting any home improvement project is to put yourself in your neighbor’s shoes first. Think about how your project is going to affect those around you and be as considerate as possible. Always communicate with your neighbors and try to build a positive relationship with them. Following these steps can improve your home and help you make some new friends in the process.
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