It’s the season of festivity and goodwill, and while it’s fun to get in the Christmas spirit and throw a party, be sure to spare a thought for your neighbours, as new research from Co-op Insurance reveals over two-thirds of the UK population (68%) would hate to have neighbours who play loud music.
Inconsiderate parking, such as blocking access to a property or driveway also ranks highly for seven in ten Brits (65%), so if you’re planning on having guests over for Christmas dinner or throughout the festive period, be sure to provide instructions where they can park, to reduce the risk of arguments or friction with next door.
Other nightmare neighbour traits include barking dogs, left alone to bark all day (62%). Other bad traits include swearing and shouting outside the house (55%), slamming doors (33%) and for over a quarter (28%)of those questioned, smoke from neighbouring BBQ’s, bonfires or chimeneas was an issues, especially when the washing is out.
Caroline Hunter, Head of Home Insurance at Co-op Insurance, said:
“The research shows that playing loud music and making a lot of noise is a top bad neighbour trait, therefore it’s important to spare a thought for your neighbours this Christmas when hosting friends and family. This is the season for goodwill after all and by showing a little courtesy it can ensure that you and your neighbours leave 2016 harmoniously and as friends rather than enemies.”
“Whilst Christmas is a great time to really come together with friends, family and neighbours, sadly many people find themselves alone on Christmas Day, why not pop round for a cuppa, rather than simply sending a Christmas card, forging those all-important links in the community for years to come.”
Top 10 traits of a bad neighbour
- Loud music or television – 68%
- Inconsiderate parking – 65%
- Barking dogs – 62%
- Outdoor loud parties – 57%
- Bad language in or outside of the house – 55%
- Unsupervised children – 53%
- Slamming doors – 33%
- Neighbours pets roaming about your garden – 31%
- Bonfires, BBQ, chimney smoke – 28%
- Ignoring your neighbours – 27%