How well do you know your neighbours? Do you only know them as an acquaintance, and just give a passing ‘hello’ or ‘how are you?’ every time you see them as you’re rushing out of the house every morning to get to work? Or are your neighbours good friends of yours, and you have dinner over at your houses, go out for meals together regularly, and your children and theirs are the best of friends and do everything together?
Sadly, forming relationships with our neighbours is not a done thing as it was seen to be in the past. There are a lot of us who do not even barely know our neighbours, let alone see them. It is kind of weird if you think about it – they live right next to us, use the same amenities in the community, even know the people we do, but we just do not have a relationship with them. If we were to try to form and develop a relationship, there is a good chance that we may become good friends with them and it will definitely banish all those awkward moments where you see each other but just do not know what to say.
Forming a relationship with our neighbours can do just more than make great friendships. A solid relationship can help us in lots of different ways, including saving money. For example, if you have cooked dinner but have cooked too much, take it around to your neighbours. They will feel obliged to return the favour, meaning you cut costs on electric, gas and ingredients. You never know who your neighbours may have connections with either. Say, for example, if one of your children is moving home and you need to find moving companies to help, your neighbours could recommend companies they have used before. Also, you never know how useful the occupation of your neighbours could be. If they are a plumber, you will be cutting costs on expensive callouts and if they work for a utility provider, they may be able to get you a good deal on things like TV packages, broadband or even the supply of your water.
Another positive reason to develop a good relationship with your neighbours is that you will always have someone to turn to. Say if you were due to go out with friends but they all cancelled on you last minute, you could ask your neighbour if they fancy a night out – meaning you will not be left disappointed and can still go out and enjoy yourself.
If you have children, and your neighbours do too, then this is another reason to form a good relationship. It can be especially useful if you are running late in work and need to pick the children up from school: you can ring your neighbour up and ask them if they could pick your children up for you and wait at their house until you get home from work. You could then take it in turns to pick both sets of children up from school.