In Singapore, HDB neighbourhoods are places of solitude for families coming from different backgrounds and cultures to co-exist altogether. It is a safe haven that nurtures multiculturalism—a positive trait the country is very proud of.
Each member of the community should do whatever they can to keep the harmony in the neighbourhood. To help you achieve this, here are some tips you can follow:
Establish a good relationship
From the get-go, it is important for you to establish a good relationship with your neighbours. If you are moving into a new place, make sure you take time to introduce yourself to those who have lived there before you arrived. If it’s the other way around, be sure to be nice to your new neighbours and offer them some help (if you can) to aid their move into their new home.
Assist your neighbours
Assisting your neighbours isn’t all about difficult tasks. It could be as simple as looking out for their property while they are away or on vacation. It may also possibly be pet sitting or babysitting every once in a while, when they suddenly find themselves in a tight spot with their jobs. You could also assist them in bringing up their groceries and shopping bags, if they are carrying too many stuff. It could be anything really; for sure, your neighbours will appreciate any help that you can offer.
Keep noise at minimum level
If you reside in an HDB unit, the last thing you want to do is to disturb your neighbours with all the noise you could be producing. As much as possible, keep noise at a minimum. Don’t watch TV on high volume or play loud music.
In case you are planning to do some DIY projects, be sure to do it during acceptable hours (between 8am to 9pm); anything later (or earlier) than that may disturb your neighbours while they are sleeping or resting.
Believe it or not, your neighbours have entrusted you to keep your entire neighbourhood safe from any harm. This would include avoiding fire hazards in your unit for the safety of everyone in your building. Aside from that, if you live in the higher floors of a high-rise establishment, then you shouldn’t be placing any objects, such as potted plants, near the edge of your balconies (if you have one). You would not want to have them fall and hurt one of your neighbours, who live below.
Be a responsible pet owner
Each and every pet owner has their own responsibilities in making sure their pets are being cared for. But you must not forget to be also considerate towards your neighbours, who live in close proximity to your home. Here are some simple guidelines you have to follow to be a responsible pet owner and neighbour:
- Always ensure to clean up after your furry friend.
- Remember to keep them as well as their cages inside your unit.
- If you’re bringing them out to public places, put a leash on them at all times.
- Be mindful of your pet(s) so they won’t end up disturbing your neighbours.
Partake in activities in your community
Every once in a while, community activities—involving cultural and sporting events—are going to be held in your neighbourhood. Try not to shy away from them as these are the perfect times for you to get to know all of your neighbours (if you haven’t had a chance yet).
These activities may even bring you closer to those you already know since you will have more time learning their interests and hobbies.
Volunteering with your neighbours is one sure way for all of you to really get to know each other. Plus, it will present you an opportunity to make your neighbourhood a better place.
Essentially, you can pick the charity or the organisation you want to help out. However, if you want to really have some impact on your neighbourhood, then perhaps becoming a Grassroots Volunteer is the perfect choice for you. You can learn all about how you can volunteer by clicking their webpage.
Properly manage neighbour disputes
Having some disagreements with a neighbour is sometimes inevitable. But don’t fret, because there are a couple of things you can do in order to resolve them. Just follow these tips:
- Approach your neighbour appropriately. Don’t confront them when you are angry or when they are busy for these can only escalate the issue.
- Be polite and calm when you finally talk to them. Remember not to lose your temper. By doing this, you will be able to sort things out better and easier.
- Lastly, once all parties have reached a compromise, thank your neighbour for their time and be sure to leave in friendly terms.
If you follow this, you will be sure to avoid further escalating the problem. Moreover, you will have some peace of mind knowing that you resolve the issue properly.
Multiculturalism is very valuable today. Everyone in the community can preserve it by simply following the guidelines listed above.