One in 20 householders has been forced to move because of a feud with a neighbour, according to new research.
A study of more than 2,000 adults by life assistance company CPP found that home and garden maintenance issues topped the list of arguments, as well as excessive noise, parking spaces and disputes over boundaries.
Almost one in five of those polled said they had been involved in a row with a neighbour in the past year, while almost a third never spoke to the people living next door.
Alasdair MacSporran, of CPP, said: "Our research tells us that getting on with the neighbours shouldn't be taken for granted. It's always worth speaking to your neighbours about any concerns you have before issues escalate and get out of hand.
"Knowing your legal rights and responsibilities, and being on the right side of the law, is always useful, however, as it could influence - and temper - what you say at the beginning."