Won't You be my Neighbour?

Posted by Super Admin on Monday, June 3rd, 2019 at 12:59pm.

At Century21, we’re all about loving where we live!

And we don’t just mean the four walls of our houses or HRM more generally. We mean our own streets, blocks, and neighbourhoods. In turbulent, uncertain times, it’s important to build communities and get acquainted with the people with whom we share these communities and spaces. Plus — get ready for a not-so-well-kept secret — almost everyone wants to live in a friendly, vibrant, welcoming neighbourhoods. Homes in these neighbourhoods sell quickly, and more profitably. So how can you make your neighbourhood more neighbourly?

Well, you can start in your own front yard. We’ve talked about curb appeal before, but there are plenty of other ways to make your property a little friendlier to passersby.
• Build a Little Free Library — universally beloved, and a great place to stash those trade paperbacks
• Hang a hammock or add a street-side bench — instantly become a landmark for the preschoolers on your block.
• Add some magic — don’t underestimate the impact of a well-placed garden gnome or set of wind chimes.
• Show up — instead of bringing your magazine and cup of coffee to the back deck, why not relax on the street side instead? That way you become a familiar face, and you’re sure to pick up a little local gossip.

If your own patch is already making a neighbourly impression and you’re ready for some intermediate community building, you can try:
• Cleaning up the abandoned lot — a garbage bag, a pair of sturdy gloves, an old school boombox and 45 minutes of your time, and suddenly you’re everybody’s hero.
• Volunteer at your neighbourhood elementary school — every teacher in Nova Scotia dreams of a classroom helper just like you.
• Start a tradition — an annual barbecue? A DIY slip’n’slide that spans four backyards? An outdoor movie night? A team scavenger hunt? A holiday lights contest? The possibilities are endless!
• Pay it forward — while you’ve got that snow scoop or whipper-snipper out, why not do a solid for the old man down the street? The extra five minutes it takes you to clear his section of sidewalk or tidy up his dandelions will make his day. 

Of course, this is just a starter guide. Our team of Century21 REALTORS® are experts on what makes a community terrific. Give us a call today and we’ll be able to pinpoint the perfect neighbourhood for you.

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