Barking dogs might deter burglars, but they can also discourage buyers when your home is for sale. An otherwise desirable property might be rejected because the buyer doesn't want to hear Brutus and Fido barking each time they walk outside.
While showing homes this particular day, I arrived before the clients and went to unlock the door. Immediately the neighbors dogs in the fenced yard went berserk, barking at my presence.
A few minutes later, the buyers arrived. Three Boxers in unison began to bark incessantly while my clients stopped and stared (at the dogs).
The tour of the home went well and the buyers were very interested. We stepped out front to look at the exterior, just as a dog walker came down the cul-de-sac. In a bizarre twist of fate, one of the Boxers BROKE THROUGH the wooden privacy fence and CHASED the dog walker down the street. My dreams of selling this home vanished.
The Boxer raced to greet the leashed dog while the frightened owner hurried away from the charging dog. A terrifying few seconds later, we realized the dog was friendly. Despite the dog's good nature, the buyers were concerned about purchasing a home next door to Brutus and his brothers. They passed on the house.
Outside influences can affect the sale of your home and ultimately your bottom line. As the seller, you control the cosmetic appearance of your home. Curb appeal, condition, and routine maintenance will make your home attractive to buyers. But you cannot change the location of your property and its surroundings.
A neighbor who doesn't mow his yard can adversely affect the sale of your property. Dogs who escape their fencing can also be a deterrent. Try to resolve any issues with your neighbors amicably. No-one expected the fence to give way, but it did, as evidenced in the photo above.
If fences make good neighbors, perhaps the neighbor should build a better fence.
If you're thinking of selling your Rankin or Madison County home and want a no-obligation market analysis for your property, you can reach me at 601-278-4513 or by email at email@example.com.