….but sometimes a fence is not enough. Here is a recent request from somebody trying to buy an acreage property in our area:
“I want to be able to ride ATVs and have some chickens and a rooster”.
When we hear a request like that at least my first thought is “who wants that neighbor?”. Most people want to live in peace and (preferably) quiet. And while it is understandable that a buyer might think that 10 acres give them the right to do whatever they want, there are still others around. And you will not endear yourself to them thinking only of your own fun.
ATVs are a particularly bad idea in our immediate area. Who wants to sit on their porch and have a nice dinner, listening to an ATV race across the street? The rider is having fun – at other’s expense.
Other issues are noisy animals (a rooster is heard for long distances and starts as early as 3:30am in the summer) or taking up a hobby like drumming. While you might enjoy that, think about the guy next door.
Still want that ATV ride? Take it to an area designated for it or buy property where you do not disturb anybody or maybe even have like minded neighbors.
Want that rooster? Send out an email to your neighbors and ask if they are ok. Consideration goes a very long way!
Drums, trumpet or something similar? Buy a set that you can plug in and be the only one hearing it.
There are solutions for all these activities that will ultimately make for good neighbors. And you never know when you need them.