Think of any classic American sitcom and there’s likely a friendly neighbor, a goofy neighbor, or maybe a nosy neighbor somewhere as part of the cast. It’s clear that neighbors have always played an important role in communities. Whether you live in the city or suburbs, there are likely a few neighbors around you. Though not every neighbor will be as friendly or helpful as portrayed on screen, there are still a plethora of reasons why getting to know your neighbors is a good idea.
Here are 10 benefits, though there are many more:
- They can watch your house while you’re on vacation
Your neighbor can call the police if they notice anything suspicious around your house. If you trust a neighbor to give them an extra key, they can water your plants, feed your pets, or maintain your house through a storm.
- They can eat the cookies you accidentally made too many of
No one like throwing food away, so what else would you do with 3-dozen cookies?
- They may share their food with you
Whether you’re the recipient of their baking spree or an invitee to their annual BBQ, free food is always a great thing.
- They can help you with lawn care or DIY projects
Taking care of your property is always easier when it is a team effort. It can be as simple as mowing your lawn or as complicated as something else.
- They can help with your kids
Need a last-minute babysitter? Who better to call than the next-door neighbor? Your kids are running around with their friends? Your neighbor can help keep an out on them. You have a scheduling conflict? Maybe your neighbor can drop your kids off at practice for you.
- They can add to your social life
From block parties to back yard BBQ’s, neighbors add a bit more fun to your day-to-day life.
- They can make holidays a bit more special
If you don’t have family nearby, you can invite your neighbors (or maybe they’ll invite you) over for holiday celebrations. Decorating the neighborhood, trick-or-treating, and singing carols are all a wonderful part of the holiday season and your neighbors help make it special.
- They can offer their supplies when needed
We may joke, but sometimes all you need is one more cup of sugar for your recipe.
- They can help you if you get locked out
It’s not away the safest idea to hide a spare key under a potted plant, but a trusted neighbor will be right next-door if you get locked out.
- They can be a source of good networking
No matter what industry you’re in, networking with people can open up possibilities to further your career. Getting to know your neighbors could lead to a connection you wouldn’t have made otherwise.