Whether you’re buying or selling a home, neighbors matter. In fact, they can make or break a sale.
When you’re trying to sell your home, you make sure everything is in prime condition, inside and out. Curb appeal, as we all know, is vital. If potential buyers don’t like your home from the outside, they aren’t going to bother going inside. But what if you make your home look perfect, and your neighbors aren’t quite so fastidious? Their unappealing appearance can tarnish the appeal of your property, negating all your work and making a sale that much harder.
Having and maintaining good relationships with your neighbors is a good idea, in general. But it’s particularly important when you’re trying to sell your home. Issues that arise – like repairs, easements, fences – can derail a sale if your neighbors aren’t amenable. Good neighbor relationships can make selling your home a lot easier, and make life in their new home a lot more enjoyable for your buyers.
Keep your neighbors in the loop when you decide to sell. They may not realize it, but it’s in their best interest that your home shows well and sells for a good price, since it will influence how much their home sells for eventually. You may subtly hint at that to get them on board with beautification efforts.
A close-knit community is also a benefit when you’re buying a home. Depending on how social you are, making friends with the neighbors may or may not be a priority. But when you’re looking, pay attention to how a neighborhood feels. Do you see neighbors interacting? Are the neighborhood kids playing? Does the neighborhood have a friendly vibe? Just keep in mind that in the future, you never know when you might need the help of a friendly neighbor or two.