Posted 4.22.13 @ 12:55
No matter where you move in Oakville (or anywhere else), you can run up against nosey neighbours, sticklers that can get under your skin, neighbours that scream at one another all hours of the night, weirdoes that make you wish they were sticklers and everything in between. You can’t let weird neighbours get between you and your dream home, and here we’re going to go over everything you need to know to handle them!
“I know what you did last summer.”
And so does the rest of the block; when you have neighbours that like to express their displeasure with one another, what can you do?
The next time you see one of them outside, start up a conversation. Ask them if they’re okay, let them know that you heard them and that you’re concerned. Hopefully that will shame them a little and they’ll turn down the volume. Sometimes this doesn’t work and you’ll just have to learn to deal with it.
“Your tree is over the property line.”
One of the most dreaded fauna native to suburbia: the anal retentive neighbour. You’ve just moved in and you’re working in the yard, maybe just grabbing the paper and walking into your house, and you spot them.
They’re walking up and down with a ruler, mobile out, taking photos, pink faced. No one wants to deal with this but if you don’t handle it now you’re going to be in for a rough ride! Talk with them and see what the issue is, but if you can’t resolve it (and you usually won’t be able to), it’s time to call a surveyor in to settle it.
They’re Always on Your Doorstep
We’ve all encountered this variety of neighbour – they’re welcoming you to the neighbourhood one day, the next you’re pulling your hair our trying to get some privacy. They don’t mean to be nosey… but they are. What can you do though? You don’t want to be rude, this is your home now and the last thing you want to do is incite hostility in your neighbours….
It’s time to set some boundaries! Don’t be afraid to tell them that you need some space, some time. You’re glad to have new neighbours and friends, but absence does make the heart grow fonder, no? Sit down and figure out how much you want to see of them, set your boundaries and stick to them. Over time things will get better.
Christmas in July
Sometimes they move in, slowly changing the landscape, creeping like ivy but not nearly as pretty. There’s nothing wrong with a little Christmas spirit, but if there’s a half broken Santa in the yard, 3 years’ worth of newspapers and a lawn chair that’s certainly seen better days, can you really claim that you’re living in a neighbourhood for Oakville luxury real estate?
You don’t want to be nosey, you don’t want to be anal retentive, what can you do? Making a quiet complaint to your HOA or block association can help clear things up without making it awkward.