There’s a new baby in the family!
If you festoon your front door with pink or blue balloons, a giant cardboard cutout of a stork, or banners saying “Congratulations! It’s a Boy!” (or girl), you’re pretty much guaranteeing that your neighbours are going to know you have a new baby. If you live in an apartment, and the walls are thin, you can be pretty sure they’ll know even if you don’t decorate your front door.
You’re having family problems
Some family problems are easy to keep private. Others, not so much, particularly when they involve high drama. For example, a contributor to Reddit’s Nosy, Meddlesome Neighbour community recalls the day she arrived home from work to see her neighbour’s adult son (she refers to him as a “deadbeat”) locked out of his house, all of his belongings thrown all over the front yard. “It was raining,” she writes, and the son was standing around, making phone calls and shouting.
You’re having pest problems
When the exterminator comes to call, it could be preventative, or it could be in response to an infestation. Either way, if your neighbours notice, they may assume the worst. That being said, if you need an exterminator, it would be a good deed on your part to let your neighbours know, especially if your houses are close together or your children or pets interact. And if you see an exterminator parked outside your neighbour’s house, it might be a good time to make your own appointment for an exterminator to visit because pests tend to be very neighbourly!