7 Ways to Stay on Good Terms With Your Neighbours During a Build

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It's unavoidable — starting a major building project will cause issues with neighbours. From objecting to the project itself to complaining about noise and mess, your self build, renovation or extension project can put serious strain on your relationships with next door (and beyond), but there are ways to push ahead with your build that can mitigate these issues and ensure you don't become a pariah in your own neighbourhood. 

From communicating effectively to getting a considerate building team on board, here's our top 7 tips for keeping your neighbours on side throughout your project. 

Hugh Metcalf

Hugh is editor of sister title Livingetc.com and former digital editor of homebuilding.co.uk. He has worked on a range of home, design and property magazines, including Grand Designs, Essential Kitchens, Bathrooms, Bedrooms and Good Homes. Hugh has developed a passion for modern architecture and green homes, and moonlights as an interior designer, having designed and managed projects ranging from single rooms to whole house renovations and large extensions. He's currently renovating his own Victorian terrace in Essex, DIYing as much of the work as possible. He's recently finished his kitchen renovation, which involved knocking through walls, and landscaping a courtyard garden, and is currently working on a bathroom renovation.