One of the greatest perks of homeownership for many individuals is the privacy that comes with single family living. However, sometimes a little neighborhood socialization can pay off in a big way. While it may be tempting to keep to yourself, there are countless reasons that getting acquainted with the neighbors is a good idea. Experts suggest that developing a good rapport with your neighbors now could save many homeowners headaches later, in addition to making your home life far more pleasant.
Here are a few stand out that reasons homeowners should get to know the residents next door:
Additional Watchful Eyes: Having a close knit community of neighbors can be a powerful asset for homeowners particularly when it comes to neighborhood safety. In neighborhoods with a strong sense of community and close relationships between neighbors, homeowners are often more likely to look out for each other. In many cases close neighbors will alert each other of trouble, such as an attempted break-in or the potential theft, vandalism or destruction of your property. Some may also alert the authorities when a real issue arises.
Expanding Your Social and Professional Network: Meeting the neighbors isn't just a great way to protect your home, it can also be a great way to market yourself or your professional services, or simply make new friends.
A Helping Hand: Fostering strong relationships with your neighbors can can help you avoid some of the high costs of house sitting and pet boarding when away on vacation. It can also help ensure that your home is well looked after and prevent the appearance of being unoccupied, which is a beacon for criminal activity.
Avoiding Disputes: When homeowners are on good terms with their neighbors, it can be much easier to approach each other about potentially touchy subjects, changes they are hoping to make to their property, or other situations which could bring about conflict. Neighbors can also become allies when seeking to change HOA policies or start community programs, such as a neighborhood watch or green initiative.
While getting to know your neighbors have many benefits, it is not a replacement for a strong risk management strategy when it comes to protecting your home, assets and loved ones. Contact Fleming & Riles Insurance today to learn more about our home insurance policies and other products we offer at (229) 436-3408.