One person’s junk is another person’s treasure… And your neighbour just has… junk; All over the place. You keep wondering if they’re hosting a perpetual yard sale. Their renovation or at least that is what it sounds like, has been going on ever since you moved in. Or perhaps the noise emitting from their walls keeps you up at night.
The nightmare next door… or as we like to call them, “Special Neighbours”. They are much like family, you never choose them, but you’re stuck living with them and when you are ready to sell your property they become the biggest problem. How will you convince someone else to buy the house if you’re running away from them? No matter how beautiful the landscape in your backyard is, prospective buyers are likely to notice the cars and laundry machines on the lawn next door. But certainly there is something you can do to sell your home successfully.
Talk Things Through
Your first course of action to resolve the problem should be to try to talk things through with your neighbour.
While your first instinct might be to take legal actions against them, give them the benefit of the doubt; chances are they do not realize the discomfort they have caused you. Do not assume that they are selfish or ignorant. Their lawn might just be messy because they are physically unable to clean it because of an illness or other issues. This could also save you from spending your time and money and court appearances that may encourage your neighbours to be even more antagonistic.
Approach them in a friendly conversational manner to avoid any conflicts. Never threaten them! Instead try to explain to them that you are trying to sell your home and ask if they could assist you with making the sale run smoothly. Be strategic, and think about possible solutions to resolving the problem in the interest of both parties. Remind them that selling your home at a good price will give them a greater opportunity to sell theirs later down the track.
If you have tried everything in your power but you are unable to resolve the issue(s), your only alternative is to use your creative mind. Install a privacy fence, window blinds, soundproof your walls and consider adding taller trees to your landscape. Anything that will allow you to sell your property at the price you deserve. You may also want to consider bringing in a mediator who will help you to come to an agreement with your neighbours.
People and their behaviour are largely subjective. What is unpleasant for you might be considered joyous for some else. Remember, your aim is to get the best price for your property and create desirable conditions for your buyers.