It’s good practice to inform your neighbours of what construction work will be taking place on your property, when it will start, the expected duration and how the building work will impact them. This can be done in a letter drop, or by visiting them. Try and allay any concerns they may have about the building and renovation work. Be honest – don’t tell them there won’t be noise when there always is with construction. It’s useful to provide them with your contact details so they can talk to you if they have any concerns during the construction process.
Always notify neighbours ahead of time when access to their homes may be disrupted. Neighbours forewarned are often more understanding.
Always try and resolve conflicts involving the construction work with your neighbours as soon as possible. Never let problems escalate where people could start digging their heals in because they feel their concerns and grievances aren’t being heard. Unfortunately minor annoyances can turn into major problems.
Ensure your contractors respect your neighbours
Make sure that your contractors consider your neighbours. This includes that:
which we discussed in our previous article.
Upset neighbours will make your home renovation project difficult
You will probably have to live next to your neighbours long after your home renovation project, or your new home is, is completed. Don't let your building works irritate your neighbour, or damage your relationship.
A little extra care by your building contractors will ensure that problems are kept to a minimum. Good communication between you and your neighbours, and your contractors and your neighbours can smooth over many of the issues. Most neighbours are understanding - especially when you communicate with them. Always put yourself in their shoes. Understand how you would feel in their place with the building works. Are you being fair to your neighbour?
You need to manage your building contractors to minimise annoying and inconveniencing your neighbours.
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