Be a Good Apartment Neighbor

The apartment lifestyle appeals to many people for a variety of reasons. It can be the temporary location before purchasing a house or the sought-out dream loft overlooking a big city. Each structure holds a unique experience awaiting to happen.

Also, apartment owners come in all shapes and sizes: the newlywed couple, that first apartment for college students or the piano-playing introvert. They each possess their own, individual vision of what their rented apartment home will become.

However, no matter the diversity among the close-quartered crew, there is one owner-type that can band together even the most unlikely pair of renters: the bad neighbor. Don’t let it be you. Here are a few tips to keep that from happening.

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Reconsider the drum set

Whether it’s late night beats or early morning jams, keep the music to a minimum. Having a party? Discuss it with your neighbors beforehand. Flexibility is key in maintaining a positive relationship.

Music tip: If you think it’s a considerate volume, turn it down another notch.

For top-story renters, be mindful of clunky shoes and moving furniture around at all hours. A simple couch push to you is an elephant stampede to your neighbors below.

Pet owners: Does your pup need to visit the apartment community dog park more frequently? A restless dog is a barking dog.

Do you smell that?

Keep your area clean. A stench is withheld in your unit for only so long before the ventilation system has it in everyone’s unit. Clean your kitchen, wash your clothes and maybe step outside for that smoke break.

Cooking? Consider any strong spices or heavy aromas that arise with your meal. Top Chef may be your calling, but a good apartment neighbor comes first. Also, pay attention! Nobody likes the smell of burnt popcorn.

Pet owners: Responsibility! Stay on top of washing your furry friends, along with their bedding, crates, etc. Be proactive when cleaning the litter box and reactive when your dog takes position.

Lastly, be courteous and have an open mind. In the chance you do share a wall with a dud, take the opportunity to practice patience and understanding. Remember, it’s all about the experience.