Oftimes being a renter makes you feel like a temporary member of the neighborhood and being part of your community as a renter can feel like a stretch. It's important to remember that everyone is part of the community and can add to the great place we all call the Treasure Valley. Reaching out to neighbors and looking out for one another can help being part of your community as a renter a great experience. Check out some of these tips for building community relationships.
Take Pride In Where You Live
It's hard to make friends with neighbors when your home is the neighborhood joke. Keeping up your yard by taking pride in its appearance makes a huge difference. Plant flowers and mow the lawn and suddenly your home stands out. It gives you something to talk about when a neighbor walks by. Soon you'll know folks on all sides of where you live.
Get To Know The Neighbors
Becoming part of your community starts one conversation at a time. Building relationships with those around you doesn't necessitate you becoming best friends. It does however build relationships of trust where you feel that your children can have friends and play without having to worry about them playing at somebody's house that you've never made an effort to meet. Get out and attend or even organize neighborhood block parties or watch programs, start a childrens play group, or go walking with some of the ladies on the block. Bonus tip: Random acts of kindness go a long way to building bridges in your community. Bake some cookies, grow a garden and share them and you'll be remembered long after you move away.
Communication Goes A Long Way
Though the saying goes "good fences make good neighbors", good communication might even be better. When a neighbor has guests who park in front of your driveway, plays loud music till the wee hours of the night or has a dog that keeps you awake with barking, remember that the best way to influence them to see your side is to talk to them in a polite and tactful manner. Calling the cops or a tow truck should be a last resort. Talking to them can keep minor things minor. Often these issues are just an oversight. Reciprocity is key. Encourage them to come to you with any issues as well. And by all means give them a heads up ahead of time when you plan to host a big party at your house.
Have Each Other's Back
When leaving town, ask a neighbor you trust to keep an eye on your property and maybe even get the mail. Know each other's phone numbers in case of an emergency such as a house fire. Be aware of those who perhaps have special needs or the elderly. Finally remember the golden rule and you'll be part of a great community that you help make possible.