No matter if you’re renting or you own a home, one of the biggest inconveniences you need in a busy lifestyle is dealing with nightmare neighbors. You can live in the most gorgeous house in your hometown, but it doesn’t mean you are not going to live right across from the most pleasant people. Having to deal with horrible neighbors can be enough to drive the nicest person to just snap.
If you’d like to avoid a sour situation or you find yourself in this very situation please take advice from real estate expert Ian Golightly’s simple advice. Here are the five biggest nightmare neighbors that can ruin your home living experience.
- The Noise Makers: When I was a student at Illinois State University I would do a lot of late night study sessions cramming for my organic chemistry class (literally I had 30 page study packets for Dr. Hitchcock). My neighbors right below me, on a Thursday night would decide to turn up the bass completely up and they would vibrate the whole building. This is the perfect definition of an official noise-maker! However, there are different types of noise makers like: screaming moms, fighting couples, car burnouts, musicians, and the list goes on.
- The Chillaxed Slob: This type of neighbor is the one who let’s the grass grow to long where it becomes a city ordinance violation. This neighbor also make your property look like the city dump because they also refuse to pick up trash that’s on their property.
- The Boundary Line Fanatic: This is the type of person who goes out their way to cut your tree branches that crosses over the property line and then sends you a bill of their services.
- The Irresponsible Pet Owner: You know what I’m talking about… those neighbors who lets their dog go run in your yard and leave you a gift of you know what in your lawn.
- The Outcast/Weirdo Neighbor: These neighbors are the ones who seem a little bit off. This individual may be the one who never says a word to you and they watch you from behind the blinds.
Luckily, there are things you can do to avoid these types of neighbors. The best preventative practice is to spot them early!
How To Spot These Neighbors Early:
- Talk with neighborhood folks: If you’re looking for a home around a certain subdivision or area and you see some people outside their homes, go ask them if they know X&Y to the house you want to purchase. You’ll be surprised with what you find out but at least you will get a straightforward answer.
- Look for public registries: Use these registries to your leverage by searching for sex offenders in the location you live or planning to live.
- Look for indicators: Be observant all around the neighborhood. Look for things like basketball hoops, backyard pools, trampolines, play ground set, are indicators of a possible noisy neighbor.
- Let Google Be Your Friend: If you’re curious about a neighborhood that you’re planning to move to, but you live out of state, use Google street view. The photos may be outdated but it can give you an idea what your possible neighbors might be like.How To Handle Nightmare Neighbors: If you find yourself in a situation where you already have to deal with nightmare neighbors, follow these safe strategies to decrease the tension with your neighbors.
- Call or text your neighbor to agree on a time to talk about your concerns
- Never meet on your neighbor’s property without permission. Use the sidewalk or right next to the property line.
- Never point the finger who’s at fault. Identify the problem and then figure a solution.
- If communicating with your neighbor face to face not an option, you should check your local disturbance ordinance and write a letter to your neighbor. Make sure you add a possible solution to the problem in your letter.
- If the two of you are part of a housing association; filing a complaint with the board might be a appropriate solution. You should cite city ordinance laws or the bylaws so they have something to refer to.
- If all other attempts have failed, you can always call the local police. Make sure you document everything prior to. Also keep record of the complaint incase it turns into a situation that you have to go to court.