3 Ways to Make Your Neighborhood Appear Nicer
We all want our neighborhoods to appear nicer. With images of Wisteria Lane streamed to our televisions on hit TV shows, it’s hard not to idolize the American Dream sitting amid a tree-lined, quiet, suburban oasis. Life isn’t a TV show though, so just how do you build a nicer neighborhood for you and your family in real life?
Here are three easy ways to strengthen your neighborly bond, and collectively increase the appeal of your neighborhood:
- Make friends with the locals
Nobody likes a hostile environment, and your neighborhood is no different.
We have an uncanny ability to sense when things aren’t quite right, and that includes the level of harmony within a group of neighbors. Make an effort to befriend your local residents and build a mutually beneficial community bond which will no doubt spread further when word gets around. After all, friends work together, so you’ll likely benefit from additional community support when you need it most. Remember that flooded basement?
How to make friends? Try one of the following:
- Organize a neighborhood party – There’s nothing like a party to bring strangers closer together. Volunteer to be a host or organizer of a neighborhood barbeque, get everyone to bring a plate and drinks, and let the mingling begin.
- Create a social sporting tournament – Next to hosting a food-based event, sports have an uncanny ability to bring people together. Soccer, baseball, hockey, handball; whatever the sport may be, there’s an opportunity for your neighbors to get involved. Grab some chalk, mark out a court in the street, and let the games begin.
- Say hello – See a strange face? Make yourself known. There’s nothing like a friendly smile and a welcoming handshake to initiate a friendship, and the same goes for your neighbors. Go on, give them some of that warm American hospitality.
- Encourage neighborhood gardening days
Ever turned into a neighborhood and been greeted by a mix-match of groomed lawns, war-zones, and the signature ‘scrap-yard’ house? Not an attractive sight, right? It’s true that nothing speaks for the appearance of a neighborhood like a clean, manicured yard.
Be the change you want to see and organize a gardening day for your neighborhood. Sometimes people don’t have the inspiration, the know-how, or the tools to be able to adequately care for a yard, but collectively, a neighborhood has many hands and a wealth of knowledge at its gardening disposal. Put on your gloves, get your next door neighbor out with you, and have fun helping others transform their yards. Plan some trees curbside, plant a flowerbed or two, and even consider turning the front yard into the backyard!
A manicured yard adds value to property, so encouraging your neighborhood to clean up their act can only send all of your property values skyward.
- Organize a neighborhood working bee
It’s easy to sit and blame your city workers for ‘not doing their job’, and in many cases you have the right to be disappointed. That doesn’t mean you can’t take matters into your own hands, though.
Neighborhood beautification can add property value and increase the desirability for both residents and visitors. Try getting a local group or ‘task-force’ together to improve the quality of your neighborhood through things like:
- Rubbish collection
- Street and sidewalk sweeping
- Painting intersections, power boxes, fire hydrants, etc.
- Repairing sporting facilities
- Volunteering to build new facilities.
If you have larger tasks in mind, many cities will sponsor neighborhood volunteer initiatives, so be sure to get in touch with your local representative before you get started.
A neighborhood need not be a battle ground. Try one of these three easy ways to make your neighborhood appear nicer and bring peace to your community, improving your property value in the process.