House has been on the market for nearly 2 years. Biggest complaint, the view of the neighbor's backyard that looks like a junkyard. What to do?

Asked by Cody, 77449 Wed May 23, 2012

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Jim Simms, Mortgage Broker Or Lender, Louisville, KY
Thu May 24, 2012
Stockade fence, two rows of staggered evergreens, paint your back windows black.

Jim Simms
NMLS # 6395
Financing Kentucky One Home at a Time
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Roland Vinya…, Agent, Sprakers, NY
Thu May 24, 2012
If the neighbor has not cleaned up on his own, he may resent have a new person complain, whether to him or to the authorities. Some of these slobs make good neighbors - in other ways of course. Chances are you will piss him off by trying to get his place cleaned up. So, you block it from view , decide you can live with it, or buy elsewhere.
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Rhonda Sasla…, Agent, Memphis, TN
Thu May 24, 2012
You could speak with your neighbor, discuss the situation, and offer to help him clean up his yard. In addition, I would plant a screen of fast growing trees like Green Giant Arborvitae across the back to hide the view and landscape with beautiful flowering shrubs in front. That way, you've added value and a focal point to your property.
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Terri Vellios, Agent, Campbell, CA
Wed May 23, 2012
I'm going to assume nothing is going to change the neighbor's behavior, they are not cleaning up or moving anytime soon.

You can look into local code enforcement if they are in violation of health and safety. It will still need to be disclosed to a future buyer.

Can you grow some trees to hide the view?

Then the ultimate always works, drop the price to a price buyers are willing to accept the location.

All the best to you.
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