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Lofts and Condos: Your Neighbors

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By : Andy Asbury    99 or more times read
There is a song that noted soul singer Aretha Franklin sings. It is called RESPECT. And even if you do not like her particular brand of music, you should keep the song and its title in mind if you are looking to buy a loft or condo. As in: Respect your neighbor. That is one of the keys to a positive urban living experience.

The reality of living in lofts and condos is that your neighbors are nearby. They may be on two sides of your unit, as well as above and below. And there is probably another one just across the hallway. You may not want to sit down for dinner or a drink with your neighbors, but having a hostile relationship with them almost ensures a negative experience for everyone.

Remember, you probably do not have the luxury of choosing your neighbors. If you are buying a loft or condo, you may be able to arrange to meet them beforehand. On the other hand, if you already live in one, you do not have much control over who buys that vacant condo or loft across the hall. But you can start the relationship on a positive note. Walk across the hall and introduce yourself. Bring over cookies or brownies. Help them move in some of their stuff. By developing a good relationship in advance, you will be able to deal with problems that may arise – they play their music too loud or let their dogs bark, or they talk loudly in the hallway or slam their doors.

When people live in such close proximity to one another, issues are bound to arise. The key to avoiding a nasty situation is to address issues before they get too big. Talk to your neighbor if his music or dog bothers you. He may simply not have realized you could hear it. By the same token, do what you can to address any concerns neighbors have about you. If it is your practice to sing in the shower every morning but your neighbor tells you it wakes her up, consider belting out the tunes at a lower volume.

If you have tried to do with your neighbors but they are unresponsive, then you should consider talking to the loft or condo management association. There may be a part of the bylaws that the association can use to change behaviors. But go to such authorities only as a last resort and, certainly, only after you have approached your neighbor with your concerns. Remember, though, that you paid good money to live where you live. You have every right to do what you need to do to make it as comfortable of an environment as possible. Just make sure you go about it the right way.
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