Neighbors. You don’t live with ‘em, but you definitely don’t have the option of living without them. Unless you have managed to find a home completely isolated from the rest of humanity — which causes its own issues — you’re going to have to deal with your neighbors at some point.
If you’re lucky, that won’t mean much beyond waving hello to someone if you happen to be in front of your houses at the same time. If you’re really lucky, your neighbors will become friends and confidantes. On the other hand, if you’re really unlucky, then the relationship with your neighbors may swiftly become acrimonious.
Here are a few of the most common disputes between neighbors — and what you can do about them.
Dispute: Invading Privacy
There is always a neighbor who doesn’t think privacy is essential. They will have no problem peering through windows, walking into your garden, or just outright making their presence felt. It’s usually harmless behavior — but that doesn’t make it any easier to cope with.
Remedy: Taking Preventative Measures
If you don’t want to confront the person and their behavior does not seem to be malicious, then making a few home renovations and improvements can help you restore a sense of privacy. An electric gate over your driveway is the best option. It’s also worth considering installing frosted vinyl window film by SolarTex, Inc., so while you can’t stop your neighbor from looking into your windows, you can stop them being able to see anything.
Dispute: Arguments About Overhanging Trees
Overhanging trees are a constant problem between neighbors. If the trees hang into your yard, but you’re not the owner of the tree, can you cut the branches? Probably not — unless you want an argument. However, you do have the right to ensure your property isn’t subjected to someone else’s horticultural choices.
Remedy: The Owner Deals With The Problem
Talk to your neighbor and agree a simple system: whoever owns a tree, hedge, or shrub that might overhang is the one responsible for pruning it. If your neighbor then reneges on this deal, just cut the overhanging branches yourself — if they can’t be reasonable, they’re not giving you much choice.
Dispute: Noise Problems
If your neighbors tend to be up until 2am in the morning and are partial to blasting music during that time, you will quickly find yourself infuriated — not to mention sleep deprived. Noise problems between neighbors can quickly devolve into arguments, resentment, and all-round unpleasant environments; something you want to avoid.
Remedy: Report To Local Authorities
Have a word with your neighbor and explain to them how loud they are being; there is a chance they are not even aware of how the noise is travelling. If they continue to disturb you even after you have spoken to them, then your only choice is to contact the local authorities and ask them to intervene. Don’t let the situation with your neighbor devolve; you tried the polite way and they have chosen to continue. Hopefully the local police or authority will have a better chance at making them see sense.
It’s worth remembering that it’s never worth dragging an argument with your neighbors out. Try and find a solution, because aside from moving — which is a lot of hassle — you have no choice but to find a way to co-exist together. Keep the above in mind and with any luck, you’ll be able to get through any situation that your neighbors throw at you.