The boyfriend and I are new to strata living, and have always lived in our parent’s houses where we really only see our neighbours in passing, and not really even knowing their names. Back in my parent’s house, I never really knew anyone who lived on our cul-de-sac, which felt very sad because we have been there for more than 20 years. My boyfriend, although he knows some of the people on his block, again only knows his neighbours by face and not by name and we would just duck into his house after we drove in his garage.
I’m a huge advocate for knowing your neighbours and having a sense of community, because not only can you help them in times of need, but they will most likely be happy enough to help you out when you’re in need!
Take for example just this weekend, we bought some furniture that needed to be transported upstairs. I, being the tiny girl that I am, could barely even lift up the box, let alone carry it to the elevator, and into our unit. We are pretty close with our other corner suite neighbours, Mark and Lisa and after one text from Mark, we met in our hallway and he actually helped out! Of co Not only that, since our layout is pretty much the same but flipped, we gave them a house tour of our place and Lisa invited us over for snacks and their house tour as well. We ended up staying over for two hours – the boys were talking about home renovation projects they’d like to work on and Lisa and I ended up shopping online together LOL. David returned home first and I didn’t leave until it was time for me to cook dinner XD
That made us feel so much better, knowing that we have actual friends on our floor instead of just knowing the person by face. Whenever they need help with something, we’ll also be more than willing to help out.
Do you know your neighbours as well? What is the nicest thing that your neighbours have done for you/ you’ve done for them? =)