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How to Deal with New Neighbors

In life we all move from time to time, and so do the people around us. This means that at some point or another we’ll all have to face the decision of whether or not to meet the neighbors, and if so, how to go about doing it. So in the spirit of embracing socially awkward moments, here are a few tips to help you manage the dreaded “meet-the-neighbor” opportunities that life throws your way:

Do Your Research

Before you go walking over to the neighbors house with a jello mold and a Full House smile, it’s good to take your time and do a little research. When you’re out front getting the mail or working in the yard, try and take note of what your neighbors are doing. Are they the type of people who have couches in their garage and sports memorabilia plastered on the walls? Do they always have the blinds closed, never turn on the porch light, and immediately close their garage after getting out of the car?

These are the types of behavioral traits you should look for when you’re decided when, how, or even if you want to introduce yourself. Remember, “unfriending” someone in real life can be a lot more difficult than it is on Facebook. While it’s great to have neighbors that you’re friends with, just keep in mind that they, unlike other people will know exactly where you live and can get a hold of you easily. If they seem like the type of person that you wouldn’t want dropping by for unexpected visits all the time, then you might want to postpone your introduction.

Take it Slow

When you move in to a new home or apartment, or when a new neighbor moves in next to you, remember that you don’t have to rush things and meet them immediately. If you’re the type that likes to help out, however, you may consider offering to give them a hand when they are moving in. Helping with a few boxes can lighting the load and be a great for you guys to break the ice. If you’re not around when they’re moving in then make your initial contact as casual as possible.

A simple wave from the driveway, or “hello” as you’re walking by will more than suffice. Slowly build up your confidence with simple gestures until either you or your neighbor feel comfortable enough to have a full conversation.

What About the Noise

When there is a problem with the noise level it is usually due to one of two things: 1. Your neighbors make way too much noise and it is disturbing your peace, or 2. You are the type of person that makes way too much noise and you are disturbing your neighbors.

If you know that you’re going to be having band practice, doing lots of wood work, or throwing a party with tons of people and music, then it’s always a good idea to let your neighbors know before hand. When you stop by to speak with them and let them know about the noise, you can let them know that if the volume gets too loud that they can simply ask you to turn it down. By giving them a heads up, you’ll be showing genuine interest in their feelings.

There is a good chance that neighbors who are overly loud or noisy are unaware that they are disturbing you. Clenching your fist and screaming into your pillow over lost sleep won’t fix the problem. You’ll need to wait until you have regained your positive attitude and had time to think about what you can say to them. Once you have your mind clear and a good idea of what to say, then you need to go over and speak with them directly. Be polite and non-confrontational, but still be very clear in explaining to them the problem. More often than not your neighbors will be happy to oblige.

 

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Annual Maintenance for Your Property

Owning your own property is a very rewarding experience. It is also, however, a very demanding experience that requires a lot of time and attention. Whether or not you plan on renting your property, a home really is a huge investment, and as such you’ll want to do all that you can to protect it.

For those of you who are chomping at the bit to purchase a home and turn it into a rental property, you’ll want to make sure that you are fully aware of all the extra work that is involved. Taking on the stress of maintaining your own home as well as another property that you rent out can be daunting. Even if the home you are looking at will be your permanent residence, it’s a good idea to know what kinds of annual maintenance to plan for. Here are a few things you should be inspecting and maintaining on a yearly basis:

  • The Roof- Roofs are very expensive to repair so the sooner you catch any potential problems the better. There is nothing worse than being woken up in the middle of the night by water drops hitting your forehead due to a leaky roof.
  • Faucets- Inspect all faucets for any leaks or signs of water damage around them. If necessary you may need to change washers to make sure that everything is sealed tight.
  • Heating and Cooling- You’ll want to have your heating and cooling units inspected at least once a year. Here in Arizona an AC unit that isn’t working properly could cost you hundreds extra in your energy bill.
  • Paint and Siding- It’s important to keep an eye on the condition of the exterior paint. No matter how well a home is painted, after a couple years of exposure to the elements it will probably need a new coat.

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4 Ways to Super Bowl-Proof Your Home

It’s time for another Super Bowl party and you’re the lucky host this year. You might be worried about what that influx of rowdy football fans might mean for your living space, especially if you’re renting your property. If you want to avoid any permanent damage, here are some creative steps you can take.

Plastic wrap your couches.

Ever visited a house with one of “those moms” who preserved their precious sectionals with plastic slip covers? If you’re serious about stain prevention, it could be time to embrace this practice. But no need to spend your hard-earned money and invest in a legit slip cover — just bust out some extra saran wrap and get to work. Your guests might be a bit comfortable, but the upholstery on your sofa will be thanking you.

Lay a tarp down.

If you’re committed enough to plastic wrap your couches, then you need to take some extra measures for the floor as well. Just picture it: it’s the 3rd quarter, the Patriots go in for a TD, your guests are jumping off the couches, salsa is flying left and right, etc. If you took the time to lay a camping tarp under your furniture, you can enjoy this moment just as much as the next guy. And once the party dies down, all you’ll need to do is drag the tarp out back and hose that sucker off. Or, you can always pick up a disposable painting tarp so you can just roll it up and trash it at the end of the day.

Hound your guests until they use coasters.

…enough said.

Create a force field for your TV.

You didn’t drop a few G’s on that HDTV just to let it get impaled by flying celebratory debris. Remember that scene in Independence Day when human missiles couldn’t destroy the alien ships because of invisible shields? This idea could really work well for your television. The logistics are in your hands, but a clear plastic shower curtain and some duct tape might be a good starting point.

And there you have it — 4 ways to Super Bowl-proof your home. Whether or not any of your friends will ever want to come over again is a different story, but we’re only here for property advice.