There are many unwritten rules that you should follow if you want to be a good neighbor in a condo. Respect proper condo etiquette to become a community icon.
If you’ve never lived in a large condo or apartment building before, you may feel anxious about how your manners impact those living around you. Building your reputation as a kind, benevolent neighbor can pave the way to creating new, meaningful relationships and help build a silent trust between yourself and the people around you.
Promote positivity in your entire building by being a better neighbor with these tips for following condo etiquette! Become a role model to those around you; the impression you’ll leave on your community will inspire others to do the same.
Learn and Respect the Rules of Your Complex
Some people may choose your condominium complex because of the rules that the administration set in place. You don’t need to make yourself a vigilante enforcer of the written rules, but if you follow them to your best ability, then you’ll serve as an excellent example for the other residents. If you see someone egregiously disrespecting important rules or the building itself, send a report to the administration to avoid getting involved.
Be Respectful of Common Areas
Many condo complexes have private common areas where residents can swim, meet with friends, work out, do laundry, and play. Be a good neighbor by following the written rules of these areas and by going above and beyond to respect the property. Clean up after yourself and sanitize any areas you spent time in, such as tables or equipment. If you leave anything behind for another party to use, leave a note to say that anyone can use it—people may assume that it’s garbage you accidentally left behind.
Remember to respect the condos that are around the common areas. Don’t allow yourself or your group to get too rowdy or loud—you can still have plenty of fun even without all the noise. Go through the proper reservation procedures and don’t get into fights over a reservation conflict; find a different option instead.
Don’t Be a Noisy Neighbor
No one likes a noisy neighbor, especially in a condo building. Do your best to understand the amount of soundproofing there is in your building and work with it. If you have thin walls, floors, or ceilings, respect your neighbors’ peace with as much noise reduction you can muster in your condo. Remember to keep quiet hours in mind when you’re doing something noisy!
For those with upper-level condos, one of the biggest noisemakers in your home is the floors. The people below you may hear your footsteps as you walk or move things around. Prevent the noise of a hardwood or laminate floor by placing rugs where you can. Make sure you have rug pads underneath the rug for even softer footsteps.
The final—and most important—tip for following condo etiquette is to say hello to your neighbors when you can. A simple “hello” or hand wave can open a conversation or an exchange of introductions. Treat your neighbors how you would want to be treated—if they seem open and welcoming, greet them; however, some may wish to avoid contact for personal reasons, so be sure to respect their wishes.