It is fast approaching the time of year when folks thinking of selling, often put homes on the market. You look out your window and you find your neighbor has a newly installed “For Sale” sign on his lawn. Perhaps, you wonder who your new neighbors may be. Will they be good neighbors?
There can be some anxiety surrounding these questions. However, there are things you can do to improve your chances of getting a quality new neighbor. One who will help enhance your neighborhood. These things are likely similar to what the listing agent has told their seller in order to get the best offer for their home.
(1) Throw a little fertilizer on your lawn. Weed those flower beds and prune overgrown bushes. Plant a few seasonal flowers to provide curb appeal. Prospective home buyers strongly consider the neighborhood when viewing homes to buy. If a buyer doesn’t care how neighbors take care of their homes, then they aren’t likely to take care should they buy a home, and become your new neighbor.
(2) Mend any fences needing repair which are visible from the curb. Curb appeal of all neighboring homes to any house listed is important.
(3) Encourage your neighbors to do the same with their yards and fences.
(4) In addition to the items mentioned above, consider informing family and friends that a home is available for sale in your neighborhood.
Understand these small steps can help improve home values in your neighborhood. Also understand that neighborhoods are often lost to blight, one house at a time. It occurs when one neighbor doesn’t care for their home, and a new homeowner moves in who has bought and doesn’t care about such things either.
I wish you the very best luck in obtaining a new quality neighbor, when the house on your street is SOLD!