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There’s a new baby in the family!

There’s a new baby in the family!
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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

You’re having family problems
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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.

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You’re having pest problems

You’re having pest problems
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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!

You’re having an affair

You’re having an affair
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On the Nosy Neighbours of Reddit board, Reddit contributor, jaycentpants recalls looking out the window and seeing a middle-aged female neighbour having sex with a teenage boy in her outdoor hot tub. But if you’re engaging in extramarital hanky-panky in your own home, your neighbours may figure it out even if you don’t make an outdoor show of it, particularly if the same car keeps parking in your driveway… at the same time… on the same day… week after week.

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You have some unusual personal habits

You have some unusual personal habits
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“He plays the organ at his church,” writes niobiumnnul on the Nosy Neighbours of Reddit board. “He sometimes wears an Afro wig when practicing on his keyboard at home. I have no idea what that is about.” We don’t know what it’s about either, but what we do know for certain is that your neighbours may be privy to your more unusual personal habits if you aren’t careful about keeping your shades drawn when engaging in them.

That you’re a hoarder

That you’re a hoarder
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If you’re a hoarder, eventually, you will run out of space, observes Lorne Caplan, who helps hoarders (and others) clear out their homes. And it becomes obvious when your garage is packed from floor to ceiling with your stuff, particularly if your garage has windows, or if your stuff has begun to overflow the house entirely. For example, Caplan once had a client who, after running out of space in his house, kept the overflow in – not one, but three vans he had parked in his driveway.

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That you’re a nosy neighbour!

That you’re a nosy neighbour!
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Nosy neighbours always out themselves, it seems. Take, for example, this story told by Reddit contributor, Zenki240:

“I caught my neighbour looking through binoculars at me while I was looking through my binoculars at him. We don’t bring that up in conversation.”

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