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Messy Neighbours:From Problematic to Profitable Property Sales

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Hi there #StoreTroopers!

Today, we’re delving into a rather sticky subject that many homeowners face when putting their property on the market: messy neighbours. Whether it’s unkempt gardens, a driveway littered with cars, or just general clutter, the state of your neighbour's property can indeed impact how potential buyers view your home. For example, studies reveal that properties affected by poor upkeep from neighbouring properties could see their values drop by approximately 8.2%. This reduction could translate to an average decrease of £17,321 on the value of a typical property in Britain​ (Just Landlords)​. It underscores the importance of addressing these issues with your neighbour before selling.


What can you do?

First off, it’s crucial to understand that first impressions count. When potential buyers come to view your home, the approach to your property sets the tone for their visit, that all important ‘kerb appeal’. If buyers are greeted by a neighbouring salvage yard, they might be put off before they even step inside your home. Here are some tactful and practical ways to handle the situation:


Communication is Key:

Start by having a friendly chat with your neighbour about the 500 garden gnomes on his front lawn. They may not be aware of the impact their ‘collection’ is having on your property sale. Sometimes, a polite conversation explaining your situation can encourage them to tidy up.

Offer to Help:

Broken mower, bins left full at front of drive, overgrown hedges, if your neighbour struggles with upkeep due to health or other reasons, offering help can be a win-win. Perhaps hiring a gardener to spruce up their front garden or offering to help clear some clutter could make a big difference. This approach not only solves the problem but also strengthens community ties.

Install Fencing or Green Screens:

If the neighbour’s garden or driveway is an eyesore and diplomacy fails, consider investing in solutions to shield their property from view. Installing attractive fencing or fast-growing hedges can block unsightly views and improve the overall look of your property.

Focus on Your Home’s Kerb Appeal: 

Make sure that your own property is in tip-top shape. A well-manicured garden, a freshly painted facade, clear driveways, and clean windows can do wonders. Amplifying the positives of your own property can help offset the negatives next door.

Legal Avenues:

While this should be a last resort, there are legal avenues you can explore if a neighbour’s property is in a severe state of disrepair and affecting your ability to sell. Local councils have powers to intervene if a property is considered a hazard or a public nuisance.

Transparency with Potential Buyers:

Sometimes, being upfront about the situation can work in your favour. This honesty can build trust and manage expectations. You can also point out the measures you’ve taken to obscure the problem, ensuring privacy and tranquillity within your own home.


Other Ways to Enhance Your Property's Value

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Apart from managing a messy neighbour, here are some additional tips to ensure you get the best possible price for your property:


Home Staging:

Once through the door a well-staged home can make a massive difference in how buyers perceive your property. Investing in a professional stager can provide your home with a magazine-worthy look that screams 'dream home'.

Professional Photography:

High-quality photos can capture your home in the best light. Professional photographers know how to make rooms look bigger and brighter, which can attract more buyers.

Price it Right:

Work with your estate agent to price your home competitively. This doesn't mean the lowest price, but the right price considering the current market and comparable properties.


Make sure your property gets wide exposure. A good mix of online listings, social media promotion, and traditional marketing tactics can widen your pool of potential buyers.


Wrapping Up

Dealing with a messy neighbour when selling your home can be frustrating, but it’s not insurmountable. With a blend of diplomacy, strategic improvements, and a focus on the many positives your property offers, you can navigate these waters successfully. Remember, every problem has a solution, and with the right approach, you can still achieve a sale that leaves you smiling all the way to the bank!


Until next time, keep your investment compass steady and your dreams of property prosperity alive!


The Anonymous Investor.

*This blog post is for general information only and is not financial advice. Always speak to a financial advisor for guidance on your specific situation.


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