When you begin a landscaping/hardscaping project, it is important to prepare your neighbours for weeks to come. Providing them with a schedule and informing them of what will be going on is crucial. Failing to take this step can result in conflict, slowed construction, and troubles with local bylaws. In order for things to go smoothly, we encourage you to take the steps listed in this article to prepare your neighbours for your landscaping project.
Follow along below to learn about how you can keep your neighbours in the loop prior to, during, and after your project is complete.
How to Prepare Your Neighbours For Your Landscaping Project?
Here we have outlined a few steps that can prevent conflict between you and your neighbours while your landscaping project is being completed. These steps will help ease tension, ensure that your project isn’t put to a halt, and keep both parties happy.
Provide Your Neighbors With Notice.
The first thing that you will need to do before starting a large landscaping project, is to provide your neighbors with notice. Let them know that you are planning on having some renovations done to the property. Tell them what they can expect to get used to on a daily basis. For instance, heavy machinery, power tools, crews of people, material deliveries, etc. You can even introduce the contractor of your project to your neighbours so that they feel more comfortable. However, the bottom line is that you need to tell your neighbors about your plans ahead of time.
Get Your Contractors to Draft a Timeline.
The next thing that you can do, is getting your contractor to draft a timeline for the project. This way, neighbours can know when to expect construction and for how long. Providing a timeline is a great way to keep your neighbours informed about your project. If there are any changes made to your timeline, it is important that you pass these on to your neighbours to ensure that they aren’t left in the dark.
Respect the Time of Day.
If you have ever dealt with a newborn or woken up to the sound of a concrete saw, you know that it is crucial that you respect the time of the day. Nobody wants to be woken up at 5:30 am by the sound of your construction. It is important that you are respectful of this, and ask your contractor to keep noise to a minimum before 7:00 am and after 9:00 pm. Be sure to communicate with your neighbours about quiet times and listen to their needs.
Listen to Their Concerns.
To be a good neighbour, it is key that you listen to your neighbours’ concerns during your project. Exercising some empathy and compassion can go a long way in the smoothness of your project. If they have an important meeting at their home that conflicts with your construction schedule, find a compromise to ensure all parties remain content. Make sure that your contractor is accommodating of both your and your neighbours’ needs.
Contact Us For More Info on How to Prepare Your Neighbours for Landscaping Work on your Property.
Contact us today for help with preparing your neighbors for your next landscaping project. At Fuller’s, we specialize in landscaping, hardscaping, and retaining walls. Reach out to us now for a quote on your latest outdoor project. We look forward to working with you soon!