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​10 things your neighbours do that drive you crazy

Johannes van Graan Johannes van Graan
Templewood Avenue, NW3 Classic style houses by XUL Architecture Classic
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Did you know that approximately one-fifth of Brits often find themselves arguing with their neighbours over annoying habits that drive them up the walls? A recent online survey discovered that 33% said they were becoming increasingly frustrated about what goes on next door. 

Ironically, a giant 94% were unwilling to admit that their own behaviour could, in fact, be driving their neighbours nuts as well!  

So, how do you discover the most annoying habits of neighbours? And how do you avoid becoming an annoying neighbour yourself? By scrolling down, of course…

1. Slamming doors and arguing loudly (31%)

Apparently a lot of people like to announce to their neighbours, quite noisily, what time they come home and what arguments they get into with their families!

2. Blocking the driveway (29%)

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Tony Santos Arquitetura

Casa no Royal Boulevard Residence Resort

Tony Santos Arquitetura

Who hasn’t been through this one and had to wait for ages until, finally, someone decides to move their car? Most people avoid confrontation in this situation by loudly beeping their horns!

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3. Parking in your space (24%)

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Exterior—Before and After Side dormer

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As everyone has designated spaces to park, this one is, quite frankly, always unacceptable. Even worse is when they don't direct a guest of theirs to park elsewhere!

4. Leaving rubbish outside your house (23%)

How rude! We all know that rubbish belongs in the bin. 

You would never even dream of doing the same to them… would you?

5. Playing their music/TV too loud (22%)

You don't wish to hear their tastes in music or TV programmes. Ever. You've even started to look into soundproofing methods in an attempt to minimise noise.

6. Neglecting the general upkeep of their house (21%)

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Floreat Residence

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Come on, people! We all know the importance of increasing a neighbourhood’s kerb appeal. Besides, nobody wants to live next door to a house which looks neglected, unsightly and, quite frankly, haunted.

7. Allowing their pets to make lots of noise (17%)

Not that you have anything against pets, but allowing a dog to bark and bark (and then bark some more) will irritate anyone sooner or later! Some might even see that as a deliberate act…

8. Having loud and noisy kids (17%)

Again, a bit of peace and quiet once in a while is all you ever ask for.

9. Having to constantly take in their parcels because they’re not home (16%)

Templewood Avenue, NW3 Classic style houses by XUL Architecture Classic
XUL Architecture

Templewood Avenue, NW3

XUL Architecture

It’s probably okay to be doing this once in a while to help out another (and show them what a good neighbour you can be), but frequent knocks on your door from the delivery man grates on you.

10. Not cleaning up their pet’s poo (15%)

Nobody should have to shield their eyes while walking down their own street. Plus, it makes one wonder what the inside of their home looks like, right? 

In the spirit of being a better neighbour, let’s have a look at Questions to avoid when you visit someone’s home.

Do you agree? What would you add to the list?
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