Community Minded

Good Neighbor

Delivering baked goods or introducing new residents to others in the community are some of the ways you can be a good neighbor. According to a CAI survey released on National Good Neighbor Day (Sept. 28), nearly 67% of respondents who live in a homeowners association or condominium say sharing important community information and resources is how they engage with new residents.

After more than a year of remote working, virtual meetings, and social distancing, more than half of those surveyed say they have become closer to their neighbors during the COVID-19 pandemic and more reliant on them than before.

Some respondents are noticing other changes since the pandemic began. Close to half say they have made some type of home improvement such as adding a screened-in porch, patio, or finishing their basement. In addition, more than 40% have noticed more pedestrians and bike riders on their neighborhood streets and sidewalks, as well as more children playing outside. Only 14% say they have not noticed any changes in their neighborhood since the beginning of the pandemic.

Being an engaged resident is important for the well-being of a community. More than 75% of respondents say they volunteer on their homeowners association board and nearly 60% participate in social events and recreational activities organized by residents. Only 6% reported that they don’t participate in any neighborhood events or activities, illustrating how homeowners associations and condominiums value and celebrate community.

How well do you know your neighbors? CAI’s survey found that close to 60% of respondents know their neighbors very well. Additionally, an overwhelming 90% believe they are a good neighbor, citing being caring, helpful, and respectful as traits that contribute to an overall healthy community.

Here’s how you can be a good neighbor beyond just a smile and a wave:

  • Welcome any new neighbors to the community with a handwritten note or stop by and introduce yourself.
  • Be mindful of noise—loud music, barking dogs, and power tools—that may disrupt the neighborhood beyond a reasonable hour.
  • If you borrow something from your neighbor, return it promptly and in the same condition they lent it to you. Be sure to express your thanks.
  • Be social. Inviting a neighbor over for coffee and conversation can foster new friendships and keeps your neighborhood warm and welcoming.

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