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When a house on your block commits the sin of bad curb appeal, sometimes it’s just an eyesore. Other times, it can be hazardous, impacting your quality of life. A yard piled with junk or littered with trash might attract rats, for example. Worst of all, if you’re trying to refinance your mortgage or sell your home, your neighbor’s ugly property can cost you time and money. If your own property is pristine, its appraisal value still will suffer if even one other home on your block looks bad. Your house probably will sit on the market longer and sell for less. If you have to act, you have plenty of options, from playing nice to going to court.
Here are 8 ways to restore visual harmony — and your home’s value. Make friends first and ask nicely It might seem like common sense, but how often have you let something fester simply because you haven’t confronted the situation? If you don’t know your offending neighbor, or it’s been a while since your last friendly chat, buddy up to him. Take your neighbor a pan of brownies, some extra produce from your garden or an invitation to a neighborhood potluck. Ask him how things are going. Once you’re on good terms with your neighbor, you’ve established the foundation from which you can ask him to help you with your problem. That’s right — your neighbor’s bad curb appeal is really your problem more than his, so ask for his help, keeping in mind that your neighbor might be clueless that something about his home is upsetting you.
Most people want to get along with their neighbors and want to be helpful. Give your neighbor an opportunity to do these things, and you might be pleasantly surprised. Offer to help Offer to meet your neighbor halfway in dealing with the issue. She might feel overwhelmed, not know what steps to take, not have the time or be short on cash. Offer to find a charity that accepts car donations and to help your neighbor get a tax deduction for getting rid of that eyesore. You’ll even schedule the pickup and do the paperwork.
Tell your neighbor you’d be happy to babysit one afternoon while she sorts through her junk pile. Tell her you needed to rent a Dumpster to clean out your garage anyway and she’s welcome to use it. Rave about your lawn care crew, and tell your neighbor you’ll send them over to pull weeds and mow the grass next week. Maybe she will be so pleased with the results that she’ll hire your crew permanently. Seek outside help If you don’t have the time, the money or the physical capability required to help your neighbor, others might.