Top signs of a good neighbor – including watering your yard when you’re not around

One in five believe the pandemic has brought them closer to their neighbors – and more than a third would trust their neighbors with a spare key to their home

Britons greet people on their street almost every day
Britons greet people on their street almost every day

Signs of a good neighbor include putting away the garbage cans, taking deliveries, and watching the property when the owners are on vacation.

A study of 2,000 adults found that watering plants and giving advance notice of a party are among the top 30 signs that next door is decent.

Offering to help with DIY and yard work, helping carry shopping bags, and being a good listener when a neighbor opens up to them are also on the list.

It found that more than three quarters (77%) believe their street has some good neighbors – while 92% are confident they are personally a great person to live in.

The study, commissioned by Warburtons, found that Brits say “hello” or something similar to people on their street six times a week – almost every day.

One in five believe the pandemic has brought them closer to their neighbours


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One in five believe the pandemic has helped bring them closer to their neighbours, with 18% now investing more than ever in their community.

It also found that 14% are happier opening up to others in their community since the pandemic, with one in four speaking out about the rising cost of living.

One in six have given or received advice to their neighbors on how to save, with 26% relying on them more than ever to help them save money.

These include borrowing items from a neighbor rather than buying new (18%) and working with a grocery store to save on expenses (14%).

Despite struggling financially, a quarter donate an average of £20 a month to community causes – including local charities, fundraisers and neighborhood watch – while 18% get involved in other ways.

And while older Brits traditionally asked others for a “cup of sugar,” modern versions of this include asking neighbors for DIY tools, coffee, phone chargers — and even lateral flow tests.

Jonathan Warburton, Chairman of Warburtons, said: “Today’s poll leaves no doubt that community and family values ​​are more important than ever to people across the country.

“We know how difficult the past two years have been for communities and that in many ways things are not getting any easier right now.

“However, it’s encouraging to see from our research that the little things can help make a difference — from taking out the bins to simply saying hello to your neighbors.”

Conducted via OnePoll, the study also showed that neighbors socialize by having drinks at home (26%), barbecues (17%), street parties (15%) and exercising together (12%).

Showing how trusting Brits are with their neighbours, over a third (35%) would leave them a spare key to their house, while 26% would ask them to look after their pets.

Jonathan added: “As a family business, we recognize the importance people place on their communities by creating the Warburtons Foundation – a series of financial commitments, donations and projects that we hope will help many families, to better meet today’s challenges.”


  1. Accepts deliveries
  2. Keeps an eye on your home when you are away/on vacation
  3. Bring bins for neighbors
  4. Warns you before they throw a party
  5. Check in elderly or needy neighbors
  6. Waters your plants when you’re not around
  7. Throws a soccer ball back over the fence if knocked over
  8. Offers to walk on a new fence between the two gardens
  9. Feeds your pets when you are on vacation e.g. B. the cat, the rabbit
  10. Recommends you handyman
  11. Picks up trash in front
  12. Alerts others when they have a lot of guests
  13. Gives you larger items, e.g. B. Jet wash, tire pump
  14. She invites
  15. Offers to give you rides
  16. Always offers to lend you little things you don’t have, e.g. B. milk, cooking ingredients
  17. Allows parking on or above the driveway
  18. Listen to you when you open up to them
  19. Helps you with your shopping when they see you have a lot of bags
  20. Offers to mow your lawn while they do it
  21. Offers to help with DIY
  22. Brings you leftover baked goods/meals
  23. Helps you with parking, e.g. B. in a driveway, parallel parking
  24. Offers to walk your dog if he walks his dog
  25. Offers to help with car care
  26. Shares in the school run
  27. Gives you old children’s clothes/toys
  28. Allows you to use a space in your home/garden to work
  29. Washes your car when they wash theirs
  30. baby-sitter

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