On every street, in every neighbourhood, there is always that annoying neighbour.
You know the one I’m talking about, or perhaps you may be that annoying neighbour.
Aside from the normal reasons to move; a growing family, downsizing, divorce, or the dreaded employment relocation...having an annoying neighbour seems to be an ever growing motive and is slowly moving into the position of the top three reasons to move…based on my experience anyway.
I recall not too long ago, during a showing where the homeowner was home, my client asked the homeowner “what are your neighbours like”
...oddly enough and to my complete surprise, with no censorship, the vendor called the neighbours various names and branded them as the
main reason they were moving. Needless to say, my client didn’t buy that particular home.
From blah curb appeal to loud noise, neighbours do directly impact people’s willingness to buy or sell...not to mention how they can affect the
sale price or property values on the street. So, the question must be asked: Are you that annoying neighbour? Sights like too many cars in the driveway, or worse, cars that are not driveable just sitting there in a heap really frustrate the neighboring homeowners who take pride in their home’s appearance.
Grass that is overgrown and flower beds (if any) are really weed beds and several copies of the weekly paper lay strewn about. This clearly shows an obvious lack of maintenance and will typically bring down the entire street’s market value. After all, nobody wants to live beside a ‘pig-pen’.
From roof shingles and driveways that need obvious repair, to eaves-troughs, fences and gates that just barely hang in their place, to the faded paint jobs, and broken windows or light fixtures...all these tell-tale signs depict an area of lower standards and label the homeowner or tenant as ‘the annoying neighbours’.
Then there are the real annoying neighbours that just drive everybody around absolutely crazy...you know the ones I’m talking about; the noisy ones. By noisy, I mean those ignorant neighbours that leave their dog outside for hours; the poor dog is just lonely (or too hot or cold) so he/she barks for attention...endlessly. Or, those parents who simply let their kids run wild, screaming and shrieking at the top of their lungs for the entire afternoon or the basketball bouncing constantly into your flowerbeds or windows while the parents sit there and watch ... all this making it impossible for you to enjoy your own backyard. Then there are always the “stereo wars”; one neighbour playing gangster rap and the other classic country and western...it seems every hour or so the volume edges up another decibel.
Plus, there’s the domestic mistreatment and yelling from one spouse to another all in full view and or earshot of many of the other neighbours. Or lastly, that annoying neighbour that never thinks of anyone else but themselves; who starts up his lawnmower, gas-powered power washer or wipper-snipper usually every Sunday night at 8:45 pm. I’m not kidding...he's my neighour. It usually happens just when we and sometimes our guests are winding down the day and enjoying a quit evening drink and conversation, when all of a sudden, the neighbour starts up his lawn-mower and begins to cut his grass (in the dark) ...there goes that quit peaceful evening.
So again I ask the question; Are you an annoying neighbour?
If any of these simple examples are part of your regular routine…you get the picture. So, please show a little respect to your neighbours, and show some pride in your home’s appearance. You don’t have to do everything all at once, just start. Drop me a line and tell me about your neighbours.