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How a Neighbor Can Affect Your Home Value

Hi everyone! Today, I wanted to talk to you about something serious. We’ve had a lot of people who have gotten in touch with us in regards to what their legal rights are when dealing with a neighbor. Remember, when you buy a house, you are buying the neighborhood, so make sure to drive around and see what you are buying.

You don’t want to have the most expensive house in the neighborhood. If you buy a junky home, clean it up and improve the value of the neighborhood, that’s great!

So, let’s talk about the neighbor who isn’t taking care of his/her home. What can you do legally?
1.      Make a list. Write down everything you want your neighbor to take care.
2.      Check your state ordinances. In some cases, city officials will be able to help you enforce regulation. For example, if there is a tree that is causing problems, city officials can help you determine the compromise.
3.      Know your land. When you buy a property, you buy that space. If a neighbor’s tree hangs on your lawn or over your fence, you have the legal right to trim it. Do not kill it, though! If you kill it, you can be fined up to 3 times the value of the tree.
4.      Contact your home owners’ association. If there is a mud or water issue, it may be something your home owners’ association needs to contact SID engineers.
If you have an issue with water or mud, call me and let me know. I can help take care of it! I have gone over to a neighbor’s home and told them they are affecting the value of the home next to them.

The best thing is to not get an attitude. Don’t lose your temper. Just set up a time to talk. We even had some offer to help their neighbor. In one particular case there was an elderly man who wasn’t physically able to manage the lawn and a church group was gathered to help clean up. So be kind and find a way to get the problem fixed!

If you have any questions please give me a call and if not then have a great day!

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