When you live in an apartment in Albany, you can’t exactly wave to your neighbors from the driveway or swap gossip over the fence, like one of those suburban sitcoms, but that shouldn’t stop you from being an awesome apartment neighbor.
Here are 6 things you can do right now to build rapport with the people next door, starting with some simple apartment etiquette.
It should go without saying, but the first step to being a good neighbor is simply introducing yourself. This is especially true if you’re new to the building, but it’s also a smart move if you notice someone else new at the mailboxes or in the elevator. Make an effort to remember names by adding neighbors in your phone, or keeping a list on the refrigerator. And don’t forget to smile warmly and say hello when you pass people in the hallway or out and about in the neighborhood.
Keep it Down
Practice common-sense sound control when it comes to the television, music, parties and pets. A general rule of thumb? If you can hear it in the hallway, it’s too loud. You’ll also want to be mindful of your downstairs neighbors, so keep tabs on running kids and don’t break out the vacuum at 12 am. That’s not to say you can’t have fun. It’s okay to have a big blow-out bash once a year, just make sure to give your neighbors a heads up, maybe even extend an invite, and wrap it up before quiet hours start.
Follow the Rules
Speaking of quiet hours, following the apartment building’s rules is one of the best things you can do to be a good neighbor. Rules typically cover everything from how to dispose of your trash to where to park, and, if you live in a pet-friendly apartment, they may also include requirements for leashes and cleaning up after your pets. Your property manager has put these guidelines in place to make the community a friendly, clean and harmonious place to live, so make sure you understand the rules and abide by them.
Address Issues Directly
If you have a concern with something a neighbor is saying or doing, address it in person right away before it escalates into a bigger problem. Do not leave anonymous notes, passive aggressively complain to other tenants, or tattle to the landlord. In fact, you should only involve property management or the police if the situation seems unsafe. In most cases, neighbors may not even realize their mistake, and will appreciate you coming to them instead of going around them to try and solve it.
Do Unto Others
Have empathy for your neighbors and their schedules. While it may not seem like a big deal to practice your guitar during the day, consider your neighbor who works the night shift or the newborn napping next door. It’s also important to set realistic expectations for the noise levels of those living around you, especially if you’re not accustomed to living in an apartment in Albany. You will hear your neighbors sometimes, so be prepared to relax your standards. Nobody likes a neighbor that’s constantly shushing everyone.
Make the Extra Effort
If you want to go beyond common courtesy and apartment etiquette, you can take your neighborliness to the next level by providing fellow tenants with your phone number in case of emergency, or setting up a lending library on your floor. You might also offer to sign for packages, or deliver them to a neighbor’s front door when they’re left in a common area. Offer to care for your neighbor’s pets while they are away, and, if you’re lucky, they’ll reciprocate.
More Tips for Renters in Our Apartments in Albany
A good relationship with the people who live on your floor, if not the entire apartment building, can make your life as a renter a whole lot better. By following these simple tips, you’ll be well on your way to the earning the good neighbor of the year award.