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2020-02-17 20:52:16
How to Deal With Difficult Neighbors When Selling Your Home in Champaign County

Selling a home certainly comes with challenges. No doubt you've done your best to make sure your home is ready to sell on the Champaign market. But what about your neighbors? Do you have a difficult neighbor who has not been keeping up their home or yard, or perhaps are difficult people in general?

When buyers make a decision to buy a home, they aren't just buying a house, they're buying the neighborhood. If your neighbors are making a negative impact on the appeal of your neighborhood, it could make selling your home more challenging.

The thing to remember is that you cannot change a person's behavior unless they themselves want to change. And usually people aren't going to change a lifetime of behavior just because you decided to sell your home.

So what can you do about difficult neighbors when you sell your home in Champaign County?

Fortunately, you do have some options. Take a look at some of the best tips for dealing with a troubling next door neighbor and the issues they may present.

Overgrown lawn

If your neighbor's lawn is overgrown, it may be due to a number of reasons. They may be older and don't have the strength or money to keep on top of their lawn maintenance. Or maybe they just don't really care.

Either way, perhaps you can offer to pay for a landscaper to come and spruce up their yard. In either case, it would be very unusual for someone to turn down something that will improve their own home for free. Or, if you have the time and the tools, you can offer to take care of their yard. It's a neighborly gesture that likely will not be turned down. And the investment in money or time will be worth it to sell your home.

Foreclosures

If the house next door is owned by a bank and is looking rough, you may need to do a little digging to determine who's in charge of caring for the property. The bank has a responsibility in most cases to maintain a basic level of care of the home, such as maintaining the landscaping and keeping out squatters.

If the home has recently been foreclosed, the lender may not have had time yet to arrange to keep up the property. Try your best to contact the bank to see if you can persuade them to take action to make the property presentable. Perhaps, as was suggested in the previous tip, you can gain permission to clean up the landscaping to at least make selling your home easier.

The Junk Collector

Do you live next to a collector? More specifically, someone who collects junk? Some people just can't help themselves. Maybe they have appliances and cars littering the lawn? Maybe they just have a bit of everything all over the place?

What can you do? Again, as in the previous suggestions, offer to help clean it up or hire professional help. But be prepared for resistance. If they are a hoarder, they may not want to part with anything. But you can at least make the offer and see how it goes.

As was noted, you can't change your neighbor's behaviors. But if you make the neighborly gesture to work with them to resolve any issue that impact your home for sale, you may be surprised by the positive results.

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