It may be an uncommon problem, but it’s one that can have an awful impact on your real estate listing: The Messy Neighbor. Your home could lose up to 20% of its market value if the property next door has been “neglected” – especially with buyers looking for any excuse to reduce their offer.
Even though it’s not “technically” your problem, it will be well worth your time and effort to resolve this situation amicably. Always be respectful, and don’t let your emotions get the best of you. Unless you believe your neighbor is “unhinged,” you should begin with a visit to their home and a positive attitude – no name-calling or finger-pointing. And don’t get everyone on the block to gang up on your neighbor either. You’ll get better results if you go alone or with one other person.
If you find your messy neighbor is unwilling to take care of their maintenance, it may still be in your best interest to do the work yourself or with the help of other neighbors. No, it’s not fair, but if you want a fair sales price, this may be your only option. As a last resort, you could file a complaint with your property owners association or city government. You could be referred to a mediator who will help settle your disagreement cordially.
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