Any kind of construction project is loud and dirty. For homeowners starting their project, they have the anticipation of the finished product to look forward to. But what if the project isn’t your own but your neighbor’s? You have all the hassle with none of the excitement of the result. Having construction going on next door is never fun, but you can mitigate the negative aspects with just two tips.
Always Talk to Your Neighbor First
In a perfect world, your neighbor will come to you first, but this isn’t always the case. At the first sign of construction, get in touch with the owners and discuss the scope and timeframe of the project. Discuss any specific issues or occasions you have planned that the project could impact, such as family illness, new baby, or backyard celebration. If you have an immediate issue and your neighbor can’t be contacted, then approach the contractor in a friendly manner. “One of your trucks is blocking our driveway – could you have it moved?”
Be Flexible About Noise and Dust
If you can be away from home during the day, that’s optimal. Regardless, keep doors and windows closed to prevent particles that can cause health issues from entering your home. Check with your local building department to understand the hours that a construction company can work and work with your neighbor to hold them accountable.
Finally, remember that this will end. You may need to live next door to the owner for years to come and maintaining a good relationship with your neighbors is more important than a few weeks of hassle. The contractor is your neighbor’s vendor, not your neighbor. Extend a little understanding.