For many of us, apartment living is a new experience. If you’re just transitioning into an apartment after living in a house for many years, you’re probably used to a very different way of life. Living in an apartment is an amazing way to live maintenance-free with amenities and comradery homeowners can only imagine. In order to make the most of the experience, though, it’s important to be considerate of your neighbors. Here are some tips for being the best apartment neighbor you can possibly be.
- Keep your footfalls light. It’s easy to become the noisy, stomping, nightmare neighbor if you’re not mindful of how easily noises travel to the apartments below. Be careful to walk quietly, but don’t let your mindfulness end there. Keep your noise levels low, turning down your electronics when it’s early or late in the day, using noisy appliances like the vacuum over the weekends, and being aware of “quiet hours” during the evening.
- Reach out to your neighbors. If you’re an introvert, it may feel awkward to introduce yourself to your neighbors. Building good rapport, though, begins with a simple introduction. When you have a good relationship with your neighbors, you’ll be building a support system that can be mutually beneficial. You’ll be able to keep an eye on each other’s apartments when someone goes out of town or lend assistance in a time of need. Before you know it, you’ll have a new walking buddy to explore the community with!
- Wrangle your animals. Cats and dogs can be wonderful companions. If you live in an apartment, however, it’s especially important to practice responsible pet ownership. Clean up pet waste outdoors and keep pets leashed in common areas. Don’t let your pets trespass on your neighbor’s property; do let your neighbor know if your pet has quirks like being skittish or prone to bolt.
- Use good dumpster etiquette. When using a community dumpster, tie up bags so they won’t leak. Double bag smelly or leaky garbage and take care to avoid overfilling the dumpster.
- Keep common areas clean. Your apartment community probably has shared amenities like a fitness center, a pool, and a community center. While there’s likely to be staff employed to regularly clean these spaces, it’s the shared responsibility of the residents to keep shared areas tidy. Make it a point to leave common areas cleaner than you found them and your neighbors will appreciate your extra effort.
When you’re ready to become part of an active adult community, consider Larkspur at Creekside. A family-owned and managed 55 plus community, we offer resort-style apartments and cottages in New Braunfels, Texas, with an emphasis on active living. We give our residents the chance to transition from the responsibilities and burdens of home ownership to a lifestyle of convenience and luxury, full of new friends, new activities, and new adventures. To learn more about life at Larkspur at Creekside, call 830-625-2277, or contact us through our website.