Now that the Christmas Day festivities have passed, attention turns to New Year celebrations. Whether you plan to have family and friends over for a low key evening, or you’re having a full-on party, don’t forget to spare a thought for your neighbours.
According to recent research by Co-op Insurance, loud music tops the list of causes for festive fury between neighbours with 68% of those asked finding it annoying. So if you’re planning a party, it’s a good idea to have a quick chat with the neighbours, let them know what your plans are and perhaps agree a time for the music to end or be turned down. Of course, you could always just invite them along! If you are a tenant, you’ll want to be extra careful as any form of behaviour that could be deemed a nuisance could in fact put you in breach of your tenancy agreement.
The Christmas season is a time for getting together and spending time with family and friends, so you will more than likely have a few visitors over the festive period. Try and make sure all those visiting you are considerate about where they park, as this ranks number 2 on the list of ‘Bad Neighbour’ traits.
Top 10 traits of a bad neighbour at Christmas
1 Loud music or television 68%
2 Inconsiderate parking 65%
3 Barking dogs 62%
4 Outdoor loud parties 57%
5 Bad language in or outside of the house 55%
6 Unsupervised children 53%
7 Slamming doors 33%
8 Neighbours pets roaming about your garden 31%
9 Bonfires, BBQ, chimenea smoke 28%
10 Ignoring your neighbours 27%
Other terrible traits that make for bad neighbours included dogs left to bark all day, loud outdoor parties and slamming doors. While a bit of noise is clearly unavoidable at times, especially if you have pets and children, being considerate of your neighbours, especially if you are in a semi-detached or terraced property, will go a long way to ensuring a happy Christmas is had by all!
Also making the list, was ignoring your neighbours. As it ‘tis the Season of Goodwill, why not make a bit of extra effort and wish your neighbours a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
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