Be a Good Apartment Neighbor

Bubba May
Written by Bubba May
Updated February 17, 2016
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Being a good apartment neighbor means staying quiet, cutting back on smells and staying out of the way.
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Because bad apartment neighbors are the worst.

Almost everyone will live in an apartment at some point. Some are better suited to apartment living than others. It’s completely understandable to prefer having the yard and open space that a house provides, just as it’s understandable to prefer living with a less permanent commitment.

However, there is one aspect of living in an apartment that is unique in comparison to living in a house: In an apartment, you could have six inches of drywall separating you from a neighbor you rarely see.

Your apartment neighbor can affect every sense during your time living next door — and vice versa. Most people try to be considerate, and every bit of effort could do wonders. Here are a few tips on how to be a good apartment neighbor.

Be aware of how loud you are

There are few things more annoying than waking up late at night because your neighbor is blaring music or having an argument. Sometimes arguments are unavoidable, but controlling the volume of music, TVs and parties is under your control. Keep it quiet, especially in the early morning and late at night.

Know that smells can seep through

If you share a ventilation system with your neighbor, it is very possible that smells can be exchanged. So be aware of that, especially if you smoke inside your apartment.

Sometimes it’s good to be unseen

What makes a good apartment neighbor? Sometimes it’s being a neighbor who goes unnoticed. It’s probably a bit unrealistic to think you’re going to become best friends with your neighbor. Sometimes it’s just better to be courteous, and let people live their lives without you distracting them.

In the end, it all comes down to being courteous. Don’t be loud or obnoxious. When you get a chance, say, “Hi.” Hopefully, you get a neighbor courteous enough to return the favor.

Have you had a bad apartment neighbor before? Share your experiences in the comments section below!

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