Home improvement projects and DIY are essential for transforming your home, adding value and helping you create your dream property. However, some people might not appreciate your efforts as much as you do. They are your neighbors.
DIY is a common source of frustration for your neighbors, but it doesn’t have to be. Why not keep them sweet by being a considerate neighbor and reduce the impact it has on their lives? This will ease the stress for you and ensures you can get the job done without cause for complaint.
Learn how to be a more considerate neighbor with your DIY below.
- Give them notice. If your neighbors are prepared for a weekend or evening of banging, drilling, and other nuisance noises, they’ll be much more relaxed about it than if it comes as a complete surprise. Knock on the door and let them know what your plans are and try to stick to agreed times and days. You never know, they might even volunteer to help you out!
- Be sensible with noise. While you might think it’s ok to start hammering at 7am on a weekend, your neighbors probably disagree. When planning your DIY project, stick to sensible times to reduce the impact on your neighbors’ lives. Avoid early morning and late evenings, and try to keep work to the weekend or while everyone’s at work/school. You might want to consider soundproofing your home to stop noise from carrying if you’re going to be making regular improvements.
- Practice good health and safety. Health and safety is an important part of DIY, not just for yourself but for those around you too. Invest in the right safety equipment, including public safety supplies to keep your perimeter safe and to keep children and pets away from the area. Causing damage is the last thing you want to do to your neighbors, so make sure you take all of the right precautions before carrying out work.
- Be careful with borrowed tools. Your neighbors can be handy to have around when you need to borrow tools or need some equipment, so long as you’re careful with them. Treat anything you borrow with care and if you’re unsure of how to use something, it’s better to be safe and ask them than to be sorry. If you’re paranoid about breaking your neighbors’ tools, consider renting tools from Home Depot instead.
- Buy them a gift. Finally, it doesn’t hurt to sweeten up your neighbors by buying a thank you gift when you’re finished. Some chocolate, baked goods or a bottle of wine are great ways to show thanks for their patience and is something they’ll remember the next time you start a project. You could even invite them over for dinner to show off your hard work!
While being more considerate to your neighbors is the easy part of DIY, getting started can be the hardest. Take some tips from non-procrastinators to make sure you tick your tasks off your list and enjoy transforming your home.