The Importance of Being Neighbourly
The Oxford dictionary gives us the meaning of being neighbourly (adjective), as a characteristic of a good neighbour, especially in being helpful, friendly or kind.
So that being said, when you are starting your own home renovation project, you should always contact your neighbours in order to advise them of your project details. Letting them know the details such as how long your project will be, your/and your Contractor’s contact information will ensure everyone is on the same page. Your project will not only enhance the value of your own home, but also the neighbours around you. They should be pleased that you are trying to keep up with the Joneses, and will be if they are kept in the loop.
Being neighbourly is also about noise control. In the City of Toronto, there is a By-law (Chapter 591) which states construction equipment can only be used Monday to Friday between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m., with NO CONSTRUCTION on Sundays or Statutory Holidays (amending By-law 505-2006). Most legitimate contractors abide by this law, however there are those who do not. If your project is behind schedule, it wouldn’t be neighbourly of you to allow work to happen on the days there shouldn’t be work.
When your project is in good hands with a legitimate contractor, they will ensure the proper protection using a security fence as well as daily clean-up around the site. This is for the protection of your neighbours and passers-by. If a job site is in good order and the contractor respects the properties around you, there will be no cause for concerns or complaints.
So if you have a home renovation project in mind or on the go, remember to let your neighbours in on your plans, it is not only high fences that make good neighbours – communication is also key!
About the Author
President, BVM Contracting Very active within the community and with family. Vince is the owner of BVM Contracting, a very successful Home Addition and Home Renovation company in Toronto with 25+ years experience.