Living next door to Alice? You’d be better off with John Louise or Helen
March 17, 2014
According to a new study the best streets in Britain are home to neighbours called John, Louise, Alan and Helen.
Researchers in the light hearted study of 2,000 people found that the best neighbours – those who house-sit, put the bins out, and are extra cheerful – often bear these monikers.
But those living next-door to people named Nathan, Callum, Madeleine and Kimberly are in for a rough ride, as they proved least likely to be named as nice neighbours.
The study evaluated people’s past experiences with those living closest to them and found people named David, Katie, Richard and Helen are also good to have next door.
But Lee, Justin, Zoe and Annabelle are to be avoided, as they are more likely to litter the pavements, let their pets soil the lawn and play loud music late at night.
The relationship we have with our neighbours can have a big impact on our home life, and having a friendly face or two next door can really make a difference.
When quizzed on their relationships with the people next door, six in ten Brits said it was mainly limited to niceties and the occasional hello.
A chatty one in five said they speak almost every day in some way, while nearly one in ten have a neighbour who is a firm friend.
But it’s not always harmonious between neighbours and 30 per cent of people questioned as part of the study would definitely change the people living next door if they had the option.
Not surprisingly a similar proportion had experienced troubles with a neighbour in the past and, when quizzed on their gripes, the biggest problem for many was ‘their cats do their business in my garden.’
Unfortunately not everyone is lucky enough to have nice neighbours, but neighbours who do look out for one another often benefit from living in safer communities.
One of the big advantages of having neighbours you can trust and rely on is that it can help to keep your home, family and possessions safe and secure.