Kpadc http://kpadc.org 2020 Fri, 06 Nov 2020 13:06:13 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.5.3 Challenges of Moving Abroad http://kpadc.org/challenges-of-moving-abroad/ Fri, 06 Nov 2020 13:05:55 +0000 http://kpadc.org/?p=65 Continue ReadingChallenges of Moving Abroad]]> Moving abroad is a huge step and you must consider many things. However, the first and the most important thing you must do is to quite speak and listen to all those omniscient critics who are claiming that this is a mistake and you going to be screwed. That is not true! Everyone can move abroad! However, you need to be prepared and think about many points in advance.

Challenges of Moving Abroad
Challenges of Moving Abroad

Bureaucracy

Before moving abroad always make sure you legally can do so. Even if you are a citizen of another EU member country, you still might need a residency visa, work permit, special social security numbers, registers from the taxation authorities, or something else to allow you to stay. In some countries, there are schemes where you can live and work in a country for 1-2 years to experience that country. So, before you start applying for jobs or looking for an apartment, try to get all the information from the department of foreign issues or department migration to avoid any legal issues later.

Job and Finances

The bad news is that moving abroad costs a lot at the beginning as you have to pay for appointments at national institutions, there are extra expenses for living, deposits, as well as, it is not possible to take all of your stuff you had before, so you need to buy many things for daily needs. Thinking about your income should be one of the most important aspects to consider before you move. It is good if you have some savings and it works as a financial pillow for some time. However, if you have serious plans about living in a new country for a long time, you need a job. Keep in mind that an official long-term job contract ensures you social securities, medical provision, and some legal documents, as a result, take this step seriously and start to look for a job before you come.   

Language

Do not worry, there is no need to be fluent to move abroad. No one requires you to speak in a national language and you will not be kicked out of the immigration department for this, because during this time of globalization the English language is usually enough. You can find a job in the English language only and you can arrange all your documentation, rent a flat, or go shopping without knowing a word in a national language. However, ask yourself do you really want to be outcasted? It is highly recommended to have at least an A2 level of language just to be able to communicate in a daily situation or understand some documents that usually are issued in a national language. After all, the better your language level is, the easier is going to be to adapt to a new culture, find friends, understand daily life, and became a full member of a society.

Religious and Cultural Peculiarities

Again, you are not asked to be an expert, but you must know the cultural and religious differences before you are coming because sometimes you can break strict rules and be fined. For example, in some societies, if you are unmarried but living with a partner that may cause problems. If you know there is an aspect of your lifestyle that may not be acceptable, then always check official sources before you plan to move to any country.

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Virtual Neighbourhood Watch http://kpadc.org/virtual-neighbourhood-watch/ Mon, 28 Oct 2019 10:00:00 +0000 http://kpadc.org/?p=58 Continue ReadingVirtual Neighbourhood Watch]]>
Virtual Neighbourhood Watch
Virtual Neighbourhood Watch

Neighbourhood Watch has proven to be one of the most efficient ways to decrease and prevent crimes in neighbourhoods. The traditional way of working is starting to get old fashioned and time consuming. By using phone chains, letters and talking, the thieves often get the time and opportunity to get away. In today’s modern society there are computers and several mobile phones in almost every home. Since the criminals often use these too when they prepare for break-ins it should be a possibility to use it for the opposite as well. Through a virtual neighbourhood watch those living in the area can share information in different medias with everybody at the same time. Those living in the area can see where and when crimes are committed. This is also beneficial to the police since it is based on information and sightings from the people in the neighbourhood.

Simple technique

Today there are several different types of media to use for your Virtual Neighbourhood Watch. The easiest is to use social medias that are already out there, like Facebook. On Facebook you can create a closed group where you invite people living in the neighbourhood to join. When the invitation has been accepted the person can post and read what others in the group has posted. Facebook is created to make it easy on you to handle the settings depending on what you want a notice and reminder about. For example, when it comes to a group on Neighbourhood Watch it can be useful to have alerts on, so that you will get a message when someone posts in the group and therefor you won´t miss out on important information about the neighbourhood. Since it is a simple solution and most people have Facebook it is a good and simple solution. Even though it is a good and simple solution there are a lot of pitfalls since it is not fully secure and qualified. There are some risks with this kind of group where the biggest risk is overload of information. It will be quite enough with just one or two people abusing this group for the idea to lose credibility. As an example, is the family that has a cat with a tendency to run away frequently. After this cat has been advertised for a couple of times there is a risk that other members stop caring about posts in the groups and therefor is in the risk to miss out if something important needs to be informed. Another example where a group loses credibility is when there is advertising on cake sales and flee markets for school trips or such. An easy way to come to terms with this kind of problems is to have an administrator that harshly takes away this kind of posts and excludes people that won´t follow the rules. The other risk with these virtual neighbourhood watch groups are that you can´t reach those that aren´t on Facebook and because of that can´t see and spread the information.

Applications and geographical information systems

Software is developed as we speak. New ones come all the time with different areas of use and different target groups. In the market there are a lot of map applications to use for spreading information on different events and happenings. Several companies profiled in security uses Google Maps where Neighbourhood Watch groups can add information and happenings for a specific area. In these cases, the local police can be added as followers to give them more chances to solve crimes.

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Collective Living http://kpadc.org/collective-living/ Sun, 13 Oct 2019 09:58:00 +0000 http://kpadc.org/?p=54 Continue ReadingCollective Living]]>
Collective Living

What entices a person to move to another country, city or area can vary or be a combination of many things. It can be work, school or recreation. To be attractive for occupancy, a city or neighbourhood needs to offer many kinds of living. Mankind is used to living in herd, that is a well-known fact, but the size of the herd can vary. Everything from the young couple in love to the solidarity in a collective living.  

Origin and history

Collective living can be seen in many variants, but the common denominator is that the people in collective living are usually not related. They share a living because of political, practical, religious or social reasons. By living this closely the relationships between the people develop to being like those in a family. Common elements in a collective living is shared cooking and eating, shared economy, and help in childcare. Living in collectives can be traced back to the time when people lived in caves, but the modern collective started in Israel in the beginning of the 20th century with the kibbutz movement. In the ‘60s collective living became common in cities around Europe, mainly by young adults. The Flower-Power and Hippie culture in the late ‘60s and the beginning of the ‘70s thrived in the collective living. In Northern Europe you could see, in the early ‘60s, how the collective living developed into production collectives. Young people moved out from the big cities to the countryside to live by and with nature, by their own produced food and in houses produced by themselves. This was called “the Green Wave”

The modern collective

The modern collective
The modern collective

As earlier mentioned, collective livings can look different. The modern collective can be sharing facilities with others. This is often seen where apartments share cooking areas and dining room because of lack of space in the apartments. Toilets, showers, laundry rooms are other rooms are other facilities often shared in modern collective livings. This also means that those living in the collective have to take a bigger responsibility for the joint areas. Living collectively has many advantages. Besides being social and fun there are of course other advantages as well. You get more space for your money if you compare to renting an apartment having all the facilities and space that you get. In a collective living there are often lots of different rooms for different activities, like a playroom for kids or a music or movie room, a library or training room which gives a lot of opportunities for a rich life. Since this kind of living is really social, you get to hang out with your friends and neighbours a lot. Of course, when there are advantages, there are also disadvantages. Living in a collective, you need to be prepared to adapt to other people. The will of one person is not always in harmony with the others and it is easy that frictions surface. It also means a bigger responsibility and the private times can be small or even non-existing.

If collective living sounds tempting it is crucial to meet with your co-livers and neighbours and get to know them well before you move in. Maybe a trial period to see if this kind of living suites you and to get to know the situation before you make a decision.

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Real Estate Agents http://kpadc.org/real-estate-agents/ Sat, 28 Sep 2019 11:56:00 +0000 http://kpadc.org/?p=50 Continue ReadingReal Estate Agents]]>
Real Estate Agents
Real Estate Agents

A real estate agent is a person who engages in negotiate estates and buildings for other people. They can also negotiate apartments on behalf of property corporations or mediate for rental apartment corporations. In short you can say that they offer their services in all matters including moving in or out of a certain area. In many countries the occupation is regulated by the government like police, fire departments, military and school. This means that you need a certain education to obtain a certificate or legitimation. This education is often at college level and runs for three to five years.  

Obligation and responsibility

When a real estate agent works, they are obliged to see to interests of both the seller and the buyer. To explain this easily you can say that a real estate agent shall be a totally impartial middleman in the deal. The agent is, however, free to take into account the interest of his employer as long as it doesn´t interfere with the rules and regulations of the country. There are some crucial rules to relate to. A real estate agent cannot sell an object while keeping information from the buyer, like if something is wrong with the object, to get a higher price. Of course, there are real estate agents that don´t follow the rules and take out prices that are higher than needed to get as good a commission as possible. Today there is no regulations on how to dismiss a dishonest agent. Sometimes dishonest agents can put in false offers to make the bidding reach higher on an estate.

Internet brokers lowers the price

In the last few years it has become more common to use so called internet brokers. They let the seller take a more active part in the selling to lower prices on houses. The reason is lesser costs that lead to lower agent fees which then raises the number of sales. There are some disadvantages to this since not all parts can be handled over the internet, some personal contact is essential when it comes to formalities and legal obligations between buyer and seller. Mainly this is about the agent’s duty to inform and establishing documents for the purchase. There are also agents specializing in helping those who want to sell their own house. This is mainly regarding help and education and templates for documents and instructions, sometimes also by video chat.  

Internet brokers lowers the price
Internet brokers lowers the price

Styling and showing

Hiring a real estate agent is a smart move if you want to attract buyers to a newly developed area. They can in computer programs show how it is going to look in the apartment or house before it is built. This way the buyer can imagine wow it´s going to look when they move in. A real estate agent can build a showroom from backdrops. This can be made in a completely different area but will show how the apartments and houses are built. Most agents hire stylists to make it even more attractive.

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Different kinds of accommodations – crucial for growth http://kpadc.org/different-kinds-of-accommodations-crucial-for-growth/ Thu, 19 Sep 2019 09:54:00 +0000 http://kpadc.org/?p=46 Continue ReadingDifferent kinds of accommodations – crucial for growth]]>
Different kinds of accommodations – crucial for growth
Different kinds of accommodations – crucial for growth

To attract people to an area or a city, a lot of actions can be made. That some things attract more than others are a well-known fact. Some of the popular things to attract people is a rich cultural life, a large range of sport activities and the most important thing is probably that the schools in the area are well renowned and keep a high standard as well as a good living standard. When it comes to living arrangement there should be a range of different alternatives to meet the different needs from different people to be able to attract people of all kinds to the area. There are lots of pros and cons to all kinds of accommodations because it is very subjective. The person moving in is the one with the preferences and they vary from person to person. Despite the difference it is crucial to chart the pros and cons to be able to describe the range in the area to people interesting to move there.

Houses

If there are houses available in the area it is one of the options for immigrants. A house provides lots of possibilities but there are also disadvantages. Having your own house is a dream for lots of people since the possibilities are almost endless and you can remodel to your own taste and preference. Renovating and remodelling is a long process and the preferences and needs will most likely change during the process. Another advantage with having your own house is that you will have your own backyard to use for whatever you like. Some people like growing their own vegetables while others like having a pool and other recreational settings for relaxation. Some people like cooking in the garden and build their own outdoor kitchen. When you live in your own house you have a little more freedom to make noise than you do in an apartment which gives you a little more freedom to play music and to have parties and such activities that may be found annoying for neighbours in apartment houses. You also have your own laundry room which means you don´t need to book in advance or take other people into consideration. That is a large advantage when you have a big family with many kids. If you have pets, a house is mostly the best kind of accommodation as well, both for their freedom and for your convenience. To name some disadvantages, costs can be one. They can vary between houses depending on, for example, size, standard and age. If the costs for warming are high that is something you need to pay yourself. You are also your own janitor and fix your own renovations and all maintenance. It is important to be prepared for unprepared costs.

Houses
Houses

Apartments

To make a neighbourhood attractive, mostly for young and retired people, it is good to have a possibility to rent your accommodation. The advantage of renting is that if something brakes, you just call your janitor. You don´t need any capital, or to be pre-approved to loan, to rent. The disadvantage to renting can be that you can´t make any structural changes or improvements in your apartment. Your rent money goes straight to the landlord and is used up directly which means you can´t count it as an investment as when you pay off a loan. The biggest advantage to live in an apartment is that you can move whenever you want and won´t have to worry about sales or such.

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Buying a house in a different country http://kpadc.org/buying-a-house-in-a-different-country/ Sun, 08 Sep 2019 09:52:00 +0000 http://kpadc.org/?p=42 Continue ReadingBuying a house in a different country]]>
Buying a house in a different country
Buying a house in a different country

Many people dream about a life in another country. However, before a move like that, there is a lot to think about before starting such a lifechanging process. With lots of planning and preparation the odds for a successful move are substantially higher.  

What is the purpose of the move?

From the start, you should be aware what the purpose for your move is. It is crucial to be aware of the large process ahead of you so that the move doesn´t show to be just an impulse. A move of that range will have large consequences on you and your family. Buying a house can affect your finances for the rest of your lives as well as the change of life can affect you all as persons for the rest of your lives. It is, however, a different thing if everybody is aware of what´s to come and you are all in on it. The reason can be a new line of work or maybe you have savings to use for recreation. You should check the area before buying a house and it can possibly be an investment. If we look at it as a capital investment there are lots of things to consider. Since you are putting in a lot of money its preferable that the property value increases for you to make a profit of your investment at an eventual sale. Two important parameters to take into consideration are the price and the geographical location of the house. If buying the house is for personal reasons and you plan on moving permanently or use it for recreation, personal preferences are the most important. In this case planning ahead for the future is crucial if you plan on growing old in the house. It is not uncommon for couples to buy a house abroad for their retirement.

Other important questions

How does the social protection network look in the new country? Social functions and protection, like health care and service differ a lot between countries, will it be for the better or worse for you? Social functions are important to take into consideration even if you haven´t been needing them so far, but as you are growing older, they get more important. Some countries offer free service for retired people, but do you count to that group if you move after retiring? How does it work with taxes in your new country? It is crucial to have all the information before you buy a house to avoid unpleasant surprises that will cost you a fortune. Check the rules on your pension in your country, will you keep it if you move?

Financing your move
Financing your move

Financing your move

How will you finance your move and your new home? Of course, the best and easiest way is to use your own saved money, but not all people have that economic opportunity. To finance a house by both your own means as well as borrowed money is the most usual way. Check with your bank how they secure the money you loan from them. In many countries you can´t borrow money if you don´t live there and it is important to look at these things before starting the progress. Contract can differ between countries. To contact a well-known real estate agent is a good idea to get started and to get help with all the practical things surrounding buying a house to make sure that the move doesn’t turn in to a disaster.

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Moving – What to Consider http://kpadc.org/moving-what-to-consider/ Wed, 28 Aug 2019 10:49:00 +0000 http://kpadc.org/?p=38 Continue ReadingMoving – What to Consider]]>
Moving – What to Consider
Moving – What to Consider

With a few exceptions, all people move one time or more in their lifetime. The reasons are often as simple as they are obvious. The first move is mostly when you leave your parents’ home to start living on your own. It can be because of studies in another city, or you got a job in another city or country. After a few years, or maybe many years, it can be time to move again for some reason. This is when most people notice that this move won´t be as simple as when you moved out from your parents. This time you have a lot more to handle. Mainly you have a lot more things to move. It may even be a whole house full of things, with storage spaces and maybe a garage to pack up into boxes to bring to your new house or apartment, maybe just a few miles but it can also be hundreds of miles. It is a lot of work to handle whether it’s a short move or a long one. You need to make a decision whether you want to do everything yourself or if you want to pay a mover to do it for you. Some find it easy to hire a mover while some want to do it themselves to feel secure about all things when they are packed. There are lots of movers with different niches, like moving private houses and another specialized in moving companies.

Traps to avoid

In the moving business, like any other business, there are serious companies but also dishonest ones. Making a judgement on this can be hard but by taking different precautions you can minimize the risk of being cheated. It can seem easy to pick the cheapest one but by examining before you hire you can avoid some traps that could make your move a nightmare instead of a dream start in your new home. It is more common today that movers are reported for fraud. The type of fraud can vary but it is mostly the same businesses that are found in the reports. The customers are affected in different ways depending on what fraud they were put out to. It is often hard to discover that something isn´t right with the movers since you often pay up front and then they never show up and make the move. Another type of fraud can be that the mover adds extra fees and won´t do the work until it is payed. Recklessness is another type where things are ruined and the customer is left with broken things.

Warnings – don´t disparage
Warnings – don´t disparage

Warnings – don´t disparage

How the movers want to be payed is usually the first warning. If they want to be paid cash in advance, you should tighten your ears. It can be that the movers pay their workers without taxes. Another warning is the agreement, an unclear deal or a total lack of agreement can be devastating. If the deal can be interpreted in different ways it is not safe, there is a big risk that there are loopholes that can make a lot of trouble for the customer. A strange behaviour from the movers may be the biggest warning of all. Most businesses are very customer oriented and put them in focus. The ones that don´t, probably don´t care about their customers, they just want their money. They may even try to pressure the customer for more money. As soon as you can hint a bad feeling between you and the mover you should cancel the deal and hire another company. It is always a good idea to take references before you make an agreement, not only when it comes to movers!

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Bring Your House to Where You Move http://kpadc.org/bring-your-house-to-where-you-move/ Sun, 18 Aug 2019 09:47:00 +0000 http://kpadc.org/?p=33 Continue ReadingBring Your House to Where You Move]]>
Bring Your House to Where You Move
Bring Your House to Where You Move

It sounds like a myth but is actually true. There are occasions when it can be profitable to buy a house and move it to where you want to live. In Sweden it has been a pretty usual phenomenon in the last decades. For those who don´t know that much about Sweden, it is a small country in Europe with about ten million inhabitants. The climate is what you call sub-arctic which means cold winters, in the north parts, with up to two-three meters of snow. In the south parts there can be, at the same time, no snow and only a couple of degrees below zero. In the summer almost the whole country has about 20 degrees Celsius in average temperature. The people in the country are concentrated to the south parts with heavy moving from the north parts. In the end of the ´90s many people moved from the north to the area around the nation’s capital, Stockholm, and this was when the moving of houses started occurring.

Why moving the house?

In the late ´70s many families built their own houses. Interest was low which lead to the fact that a house cost about the same as an apartment. In the years to come people put a lot of effort into their houses, improving and renovating as well as extending. When work opportunities started to decrease, and people lost their employments the choices were limited. The fact was that the choice often was unemployment or moving.  Since everything was happening at the same time, there was partially a lack of housing in the capital area and building a new house was expensive at the time when interest was high. This was the time when people started thinking about bringing their house in the move. They had a nice home which they would lose a lot of money selling since people were moving from the north which made the market low. In many cases it seemed impossible. The reasons are that when you pick apart a house built from loose timber, it wouldn´t be anyone’s gain since you would have to build it up again. But there were houses built in blocks and sections, that would be much easier to transport and therefore be a profitable move. Instead of losing money on selling the house, they were moved to an investment in ground and with some improvements the value of the house increased without the owners being more indebted.

Moving houses today
Moving houses today

Moving houses today

Even today houses are being moved in Sweden. For example, in Malmberget in Gällivare, a town in the north of Sweden. In Malmberget the mine is being dismantled and the mining company is selling of some of their properties. On the ground there were some houses that were bought by the company, in their prime years, for their employees and these are now sold at a very low price. The catch is that the land is not a part of the deal. A young couple, Michaela Martinsson and Nils Henriksson, bought one of the houses at the price of 4 500 dollars. After moving the house to their own land about thirty kilometres north of the city, they have renovated the house. How much the house will cost when all is done is not defined yet, but it is a fact that the renovation is more expensive than the purchase of the house.

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Twin Towns or Sister Cities http://kpadc.org/twin-towns-or-sister-cities/ Thu, 18 Jul 2019 08:23:47 +0000 http://kpadc.org/?p=27 Continue ReadingTwin Towns or Sister Cities]]> A Twin Town, Sister City is a form of legal or social agreement between two cities. The purpose can vary but the basis is that cities or countries in different geographical areas shall foster cultural and commercial bonds.

The phenomenon of Twin Towns is relatively young and has its origin in the ending of the World War II. After the war, the friendships and the understanding between different cultures needed to enhance. Besides this there were also a lot of economic reasons. Increasing trade between parties was an attempt to increase the chances and will of tourism strengthening both cities. Twin cities also have a function to facilitate an exchange of labour and give incentive for a move.

Terminology and history

In America the term Sister City is the most common whilst in the UK Twin Towns is a more common way to express it. In other parts of Europe, a term that will translate like “friend towns”, which reflects more on the actual relationship between the cities. After World War II there were a lot of cross-border projects to restore roads and bridges between the former enemies. For example, the British town Coventry worked together with Stalingrad and later on with Dresden. The purpose was to make peace at the same time as making relations and at the same time give economic benefits to both sides. These three cities were all bombed during the war and had a lot to restore.  

Support from the EU


In Europe, this kind of relationships between cities is supported by the European Union. They support, mainly with money. In the beginning of the 21th century no less than twelve million Euros were given to about 1300 different projects with this concept of sister cities. Today focus is mostly in the areas of culture, labour and education. Through studies, the conclusion has been made that the geographical distance between the cities has little to do with whether the concept is successful or not. The cooperation between the cities has turned out to be more successful if the cities have somewhat the same prerequisites when it comes to geographic placement and number of inhabitants. If the cities are somehow the same in terms of infrastructure, it is even more a basis to succeed.  

Different reasons to Twin Towns


One of the odder reasons to become Sister Cities or Twin Towns has been made by the Scottish village Dull and the American village Boring. The reason is to attract tourists with allusions on the two names. Often there are political reasons to a union between cities. For example, the Hungarian city Gyöngyös was linked to the Azerbaijan city Susha in 2013. A mark on the fact that the town had been controlled by American military since the Karabakh war. An attempt to create solidarity between the town council of Preston, England and the city of Nablus in Palestine was made in 2003. The purpose was political, a part of recognizing Palestine as a sovereign state.  

Annulment of twin- or sisterhood


In 2013 the Italian cities Milan, Venice and Turin annulled their former union to Sankt Petersburg. The reason was the Russian legislation on homosexuals. Activists in California encouraged the California inhabitants to do as the Italians and dissolve all forms of cooperation with Russia. Prague ended their cooperation with Moscow because of the military aggressions on Ukraine. Moscow had been the sister city to Prague since 1995.

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Being a Good Neighbour http://kpadc.org/being-a-good-neighbour/ Tue, 25 Jun 2019 08:19:40 +0000 http://kpadc.org/?p=22 Continue ReadingBeing a Good Neighbour]]> When you are interacting with other people there are lots to think about to make it as smooth as possible. You often have the opportunity to choose the people with whom you interact, but not always. Think about the old saying “your friends are chosen – not your family”. Where you live you often don´t have the opportunity to choose who should be your neighbour. You can choose to buy a house where you already know the people and like them, but mostly this is not the case. When you already live somewhere you also cannot choose who will move in.

Good Neighbour

Good neighbours


Having a good relationship with your neighbours is always preferable. Just as it is to have the kind of relationship that you want. Maybe you just want to say hi when you meet in the stairs, or maybe you want to have a close relationship and hang out all the time. Most important is however, to have the same goal from both sides or else there will most definitely be trouble. The neighborship should be good but it is more common that neighbours don´t like each other’s behaviour.  

How to become a good neighbour


To make good neighbours it is crucial that you are being a good neighbour. To get to that point there are four easy steps. Show consideration. Have respect. Be kind. Communicate. When there is a good relationship in the neighbourhood you should be able to tell a neighbour when something is wrong but at the same time be able to chat about everything. A good start for someone who have just moved in can be to go around presenting themselves to their new neighbours to avoid questions on what kind of people they are. If you are new to the neighbourhood it is wise to be upfront about everything not to create problems in the future. If you are planning on a major change in the garden or for the house, tell them! It is always better to prevent questions by being upfront. If you are having a big party to celebrate the move – tell your neighbours, they might not like it but they will most likely be happy that you told them instead of it being a surprise at Saturday night when the want to sleep. Maybe you should even invite them to the party! If you are doing some handy work, mind the hours so that you don´t wake the neighbours.

Kindness is for free


Kindness is important. As a human you often reply as a reflection of the one you meet. If the person you meet is smiling, you will smile, and the same with the opposite. To stop for a second and say something kind can make you seem like a nice person instead of being seen as nonchalant or bitter. If you want a shallow relationship with our neighbours, it is ok, but you should have in mind that a neighbour can be a friend for life! Always be prepared to compromise!

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