“Complaining about your neighbors or complaining to your neighbors will cost you.” You will just be never sure when it will happen, how they will do it or how much it will cost you. If you have a neighbor that is difficult to deal with they will sabotage you at some point and may cost you a great deal of money. Always try to get along with your neighbors! The following are several areas to watch out for.
Things Your Neighbors Won’t Tell You – A List
“I will use your Wi-Fi — and might get you arrested.” leaving your WiFi unprotected with no password is a sure way to exceed your data limits and attract the wrong attention from the police. Your neighbors will not tell you that they are using your WiFi for free! Or what kind of content that they might be downloading on your system. The police will eventually figure it out if there is really something sinister going on, but in the mean time you must deal with all of the suspicion etc.
“Good luck blocking out our din.” Noisy neighbors can be irritating and if you complain, you can almost be sure that they will take extra pains to be noisy. It could be always arranging to cut the lawn just when you are having an outdoor dinner party to having large noisy parties on a work night.
“I’m a registered sex offender.” No one is going to tell you this information ever unless they are forced to. Be alert and if you are concerned check with web sites that track this sort of thing.
“We’re ripping up the flower beds and planting corn.” You move into a beautiful neighborhood and expect all the neighbors to keep up their end of the bargain. But then there is the guy who does not cut the lawn, lets the flowers die and the weeds grow! Your home is next door and losing value every time a new weed pops up. You may even have to call the city to get him to cut his weeds down and now you have a neighbor who only wants to see revenge.
“My bed bugs need neighbors too.” The garbage is not thrown out properly, your kids sleep over, rodents visit and it is downhill from there. But will they tell you about these issues or let you find out yourself? Their mangy dog is always in your yard and doing his business wherever he likes.
“I’m secretly stealing your land.” Neighbors can encroach on your lot by extending flower beds, moving sidewalks or fences. Unless you pay attention you will never know until you have your lot lines surveyed.
“Our bad behavior will give the whole block a bad name.” One neighbor can ruin a neighbor hood and drop home values over night. Imagine holding an open house to sell your place and they hold a huge party. It is always the guy on the corner lot that does not keep his property up and brings the value of all of the neighbor properties down.
“We’re not paying our mortgage.” They will not tell you that is for sure, but you will figure it out soon enough. No maintenance is done on the home and collection agents are coming around. As there home is sold for collection the value of yours is also going down!
“You’re moving? I’ll cut $20,000 off your sale price.” Casual chats with prospective buyers could cost you a great deal if they say the wrong thing. A chat with a neighbor could cost you the deal or cause the buyer to offer a really low price for the home and make it difficult to sell your home. Remind them that lower prices affect their homes value too and someday they will be selling their home. Real estate agents always look for comparable when they price a home and you do not want several homes selling for a low price due to someone sabotaging your home.