When you’re trying to sell your home, you want everything to look and feel perfect for your prospective buyers. You have a great deal of control over your own home, but what do you do when your neighbors are interfering with the sale of a property? Tons of different types of situations can come up, so here are a few ideas for how to deal with neighbors when your home is for sale.
- Noise: Here’s the thing about noise: Yes, it’s a serious issue if your neighbors are being noisy during home showings, especially in the evenings. However, sometimes your neighbors don’t realize just how loud they’re being. Be diplomatic and have a conversation with them. Let them know that your home’s sale is important, and that you’re trying to create the ideal situation — which means peace and quiet.
- Lawns: We’ve all lived near neighbors who don’t seem to care at all about their lawns. It’s their prerogative to let weeds take over, but that’s not helping your home sale, is it? Rather than telling them to get their act together, offer to lend a hand. Sometimes just offering is enough to shame them into action without them taking you up on the offer.
- Cars: Your neighbor has a car up on cinder blocks. It’s cool that they like to tinker, but again, it’s not helping sell your home. Consider asking them to put their car in the garage for a while, or similarly keeping it out of sight. This is your first tactic. If they refuse, the second tactic is going to the city. Many times, junky cars and cars being worked on in driveways are in violation of municipal codes. If your neighbor won’t do the right thing, the city may make them.
- Dogs: Noisy, stray or aggressive dogs can be a serious impediment to a home sale. Consider asking neighbors with problem dogs to keep them inside when your home is being shown. If you’re dealing with stray dogs that are roaming the neighborhood, the city’s animal control unit should respond to remove them if their owners cannot be identified.
- Hoarding: Do you have a neighbor whose yard looks like a perpetual garage sale? Some people just love to have stuff, and they can’t stop themselves from collection new things — and placing them in their yards. Offer to help move stray junk to a place that’s less visible. Sometimes, a neighbor may be open to having a junk removal company come in and take away things that aren’t wanted. Just starting the conversation can sometimes lead to a solution.
- Banks: This one is tough: Sometimes your neighbor is a bank that owns a foreclosed home, and that bank isn’t doing a very good job of taking care of it. This will require some research, but you need to talk to someone at the bank and find out who they have hired to manage the property. Sometimes, early in a foreclosure situation, the bank hasn’t hired anyone yet — your call may be the one that spurs them to action.
So much can get in the way of a real estate transaction, including neighbors interfering with the sale of your property. At CENTURY 21 Core Partners, we’ve seen it all, and we can help deliver solutions when you’re wondering how to sell a house with bad neighbors. No matter where you stand in the process of buying or selling a home, you can count on our knowledge and experience.
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