Leigh Tate wrote:BE a good one! Be polite and respectful at all times. The last thing any of us wants or needs is a feud! The only reason Dan mows the front lawn is out of respect for our neighbors, LOL. i
I had the opportunity to adopt a pair of geese. I thought they'd be a layer of protection against day-time predators. I checked with both neighbors who would hear them, and they were OK with the plan. Marguerite and Heinrich have been good, although not perfect protection for the ducks from spring eagle predation, but they really are loud at times! When one neighbor was hosting a wedding, they asked us not to be running any machinery at the key time. I asked if they wanted me to move the geese for the day, and they said, "natural noise is fine, just please no chain saws," so clearly the geese can stay!
You can also feel them out what they think about living near livestock, for example. Our neighbors were delighted with the prospect of us adding goats. Others may take issue, so it's good to know before buying.
Leigh Tate wrote:If you're fortunate enough to have neighbors with like interests, that's a true bonus. We have very nice neighbors, but for the most part they view us as the neighborhood nuts. :p
Jen Fan wrote:"Good fences make good neighbors". And "Bad dog owners make the worst neighbors." Those are my thoughts. Doesn't matter how far apart you are, if someone's got problem animals, they'll be your problem sooner or later.
Kc Simmons wrote:
Sorry for ranting, but this is my main issue with neighbors.
In being specific to the initial question, I would definitely check out the folks in a few miles' radius of the property, and not just the people directly next to the homestead. While it seems you can't always please everyone & become friends, you should consider if you can be civil & live in peace with the people around you, or if you foresee yourself having to constantly be on guard to protect your property from thir carelessness & irresponsibility.
C. E. Rice wrote:A question for Leigh:
When looking for our own 5 acres.... is it important to get to know the neighbors before buying the property?
i think we all would agree that it would be ideal to know the neighbors and share lots of things in common. But is it VERY important? OR just "good" but not necessary?
Pros to knowing the neighbors and having things in common:
- sharing wisdom and resources.
- sharing labor
- not having to worry about being reported to "the departments of making you sad"
What have been the experiences of other homesteaders out there??
Did you know your neighbors before buying your property?
What are your pros and cons?
Hugo Morvan wrote:Ask the neighbors how it is in winter as well. I remember people who looked for a place in summer holidays, bought a lovely house, so quiet. All other seasons a lot of trucks passed by, fell out of love with that house.