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Moving: Neighbours from Hell you want to avoid

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Moving into your new home is supposed to be an exciting experience. Everything seems to be going great, and just as you have finished unpacking, the neighbours show up. An issue new home-owners and tenants often find with moving into a new street, is their obnoxious neighbours from hell.


There are a plethora of people that could be considered bad neighbours, and fortunately many of them are easy to spot. These are the people that are loud and proud or the people pride themselves in the masses of collectables that have built up over the years. To ensure you know what to look for take note of these neighbour types below.

• The Hoarder

This type of neighbour is easy to spot because their garden is covered with what we might call garbage. The objects vary in size and smell and the pile only tends to get bigger, never smaller. While there is the obvious visual pollution, it is the smell and onset of rodents that you would be most concerned about –deal with this issue as soon as possible!

• The Petrol Head

This type of neighbour takes great pride in their cars and will have at least three. One of the cars has an engine three times the size of a normal car and will be extremely noisy to run. You may also notice the oil slick running down their driveway, making them somewhat easier to spot.

• The Teenagers

The teenagers live with their lovely parents; however they feel that they’re too old to join them every weekend at the batch. Unfortunately the lack of adults attracts their friends and your neighbour’s house becomes the hub for the local teens. Here we see the benefit of introducing yourself to your neighbour and their family before you finalise the move. The teenagers group love loud music and late nights, yet aren’t as easy to spot.

• The Borrowers

These are considered some of the worst types of neighbours, yet some of the hardest to spot. The borrowers are the nicest, kindest types of neighbours and may even greet you with some fresh baking. Unfortunately in doing that they are now down on sugar and eggs, so ask to borrow some, and more unfortunately the borrowing continues long after the baking stops.

• The Free Spirits

Hopefully you will be able to spot the free spirits early. Look for warning signs such as excessive dream catchers hanging from the porch, unkept gardens or possibly a VW comby van. The free spirts will not be a troublesome lot, in fact they may even be some of the nicest people you’re likely to meet. The main issue with these seemingly friendly people is that they are a bit too comfortable in their own skin. If not in the front yard, you can be sure to get an eyeful of them through open windows in all their naked glory.


These are five types of neighbours that are most important to look out for because they will cause the biggest irritation. They are not always easy to spot, and you will often see neighbours on their best behavious during the open homes and moving days, only to find you are stuck with some bad habits a bit further down the line. If you have a bad neighbour situation and don’t know how to approach it, read this article on How to Deal with bad Neighbours.

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