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The Do’s and Don’ts of Dealing with Loud Neighbors

Aug 21 2015

Living in a quiet community sometimes isn’t so peaceful. There’s often that one neighbor who seems to be doing things that can get under your skin. The person could be hosting one rowdy party too many, or leaving the front yard a mess, or mowing the lawn in the early hours of a Saturday morning. This can be a pain in the neck, especially if you just want to spend a relaxing evening in your home.

Confronting a noisy neighbor about perceived transgressions can be a delicate and stressful situation—but it doesn’t have to be, says Anna Post, an etiquette expert who is the co-author of “Emily Post’s Etiquette, 18th Edition” and the great-great granddaughter of Emily Post.

“Ask yourself if this is a one-off thing or if this is a constant?” says Post. “If your neighbor has a party once a year, try to make it through that party and try not to worry about it.”

To help navigate you toward a peaceful resolution, Post offered her “do’s and don’ts” for those times when you’re unsure of how to deal with a neighbor’s bad behavior.

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