No matter where we live, we all have neighbors. One of the most common questions I receive from home buyers in Scottsdale and Fountain Hills is, “What are the neighbors like?” While most homeowners claim that they like their neighbors, lets face it, we all get a little nervous when we see new neighbors moving in. Why? Because even the nicest homeowner can have their patience tested to the limit when the person that moved in next door is an annoying neighbor.
So, what makes an annoying neighbor? We’ve compiled a list of 10 signs. If you identify with any of them, you may be testing your neighbors patience.
- Excessively Noisy: Loud music, yelling, and unruly children can all be annoying. Steer clear of frequent and excessively loud noise, especially early in the morning and late at night.
- Parking Wars: For most homeowners your garage and driveway are ample space for parking your cars. But what if it isn’t and you have to park on the street? Even though it isn’t against the law to park in front of your neighbors home, it could be a source of annoyance if you are doing it consistently.
- Constantly Barking Dog: They truly are mans best friend, but nothing can be more annoying than a neighbor that leaves their dog outside all day or night while the dog is barking or howling. Research tips on leaving your dog at home all day and try to make sure that your best friend is happy before leaving him for long periods of time.
- Light Pollution: A clear night sky when you can see the moon and all the stars is an amazing thing. Be careful not to ruin it for your neighbor and yourself by installing outdoor spotlights that are so bright you can no longer see the beautiful night sky.
- Interrupting Views: Views equal value to homeowners, especially in places like Fountain Hills, AZ where there are gorgeous views of Four Peaks and Red Rock Mountains. Be considerate before planting trees or building an addition that may completely block your neighbors view.
- Invasion Of Property Line: When buying a home it is very important to know exactly where the property line is. Having a survey done is a great way to define property lines and alleviate any aggravation from potentially overstepping your boundaries when you put in that new fence.
- Front Yard Junkyard: An old abandoned car and old furniture can make your front yard look like a junkyard. This can be a source of contention to a neighbor that has to look at it every day, and it can bring down property values in the neighborhood.
- Overgrown Vegetation: An overgrown lawn full of weeds is also a sign that you could be an annoying neighbor. It can make your home look abandoned and can invite unwanted pests. Try your best to keep the lawn mowed and the weeds pulled.
- Outdoor Sports: While it great exercise it is best to be considerate before deciding to shoot hoops or play a game of handball. If your home court and basketball hoop are close to your neighbors bedroom, try not to play early in the morning or late at night.
- Nosey Nellie: It is great to get to know your neighbor. It can give you a sense of security to know exactly who is living next to you, and you may just become great friends. But popping your head over the fence every time your neighbor is in the backyard can be annoying. We all want a little privacy from time to time, so be careful and give your neighbor a bit of space.
Did you identify with one or more of the signs? If so, don’t stress. All is not lost. Any of them can be easily corrected with a little thoughtful consideration. In no time at all you can be on your way to mending your neighbor’s possible frustrations and quite possibly a great friendship!