How to deal with bad neighbours

26 Aug How to Deal With Bad Neighbours

How to Deal With Bad Neighbours

A bad neighbour can not only be a nuisance but can also completely destroy the chances of you selling your house. Irritating neighbours easily wreck the value of nearby houses, dropping the price considerably through even the smallest of acts.

Bad neighbours can appear in any price range or type of neighbourhood there is, be it a lower-income townhouse subdivision or an upscale ‘golf community’ neighbourhood.

Any of these following scenarios can definitely be turn-offs to potential buyers:

  • Vicious or barking dogs
  • Cars on blocks or abandoned vehicles
  • Noisy neighbours
  • Busybodies that chat with prospective buyers
  • Loudmouths who complain about the neighbourhood
  • Trash in the yard or unmowed lawns
  • Abandoned houses
  • Party house/hangout house
  • Cluttered garage with the door left open
  • Ugly houses or houses in need of repair

So what do you do about any of these situations?

You can try talking it out with the neighbour in question. Often times small problems can be solved with a little conversing. Some people don’t realize that what they’re doing can be taken offensively.

You can contact the Homeowners’ Association. You can also contact your City Department depending on the severity of the issue. Last but not least, foreclosures are always an option.

Don’t let bad neighbours ruin a sale for you…if you’re a buyer or a seller you deserve better than that sort of interference.

Contact me if you have any questions about selling your home or need to find out what your home is worth.

Bianca Marijan
bianca@citybrokerage.ca


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