How to Deal With Nosy Neighbours: 7 Top Tips

Posted on June 17th, 2022.

Having neighbours that are friendly and available is a sign of a great local community. But there’s a line between friendly and nosy. Sometimes, neighbours can cross that line.

If your neighbours are nosier than you’d like them to be, it’s best to shut it down as quickly and politely as you can.

In this article, we’ll provide our tips on how to deal with nosy neighbours and regain your privacy.

1.  Talk it Out

First things first, it’s good to have a chat with your neighbours about how their behaviour is impacting you and your family.

A nosy neighbour can easily make you angry. But before you explode, consider that they may not realise how their behaviour is affecting you and your family.

Maintaining positive relationships with your neighbours is important (especially when it comes to selling your home), so try politely speaking to your neighbours in the first instance.

2.  Invest in Higher Fences

In new-builds and modern homes, high fences are the norm to allow homeowners more privacy in the back garden. However, many older properties still have low fences that were designed to be sociable.

If you don’t like this aspect of your property, consider investing in higher fences (around 5-6ft) that your neighbours can’t peer over anymore.

3.  Plant Privacy Hedges

If your nosy neighbour owns the fence and doesn’t want you to change it, a great solution can be to plant privacy hedges.

Shrubbery like conifers or laurels often grow quickly and are reasonably priced. Plus, since they intertwine over time, they can sometimes provide even more privacy than a fence can!

4.  Fit Privacy Blinds

If the issue isn’t garden-related and instead involves your neighbours peering into your home, privacy blinds or curtains could be the solution.

To keep a good amount of natural light entering your home, consider opting for day & night blinds, magic screens or white, linen curtains.

5.  Install a Security System

Depending on how severe the issues are with your nosy neighbours, installing a high-quality security system can help deter nosiness – and provide you with more security overall.

This is particularly helpful if your neighbours continuously enter the boundaries of your property to look inside your home or garden.

6.  Report It

If you have severe concerns about your nosy neighbours or if they continue to be a nuisance even after taking steps to prevent it, consider reporting your neighbours and speaking to your local Citizen’s Advice.

While it’s usually best to see if you can manage the situation yourself, your safety is important, so seek professional help if you need it.

7.  Move House

This is quite a drastic solution, but if you’re really unhappy with the community you live in, moving house could be the best thing for you.

Just remember that if there have been severe issues between you and your neighbours in the past, you’ll need to declare this to your estate agent.

Even though it may seem troubling to share this information, there’s a buyer for everything and the right agent can sell your home no matter the circumstance.

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