When someone buys a home in Arkansas, location is often a key consideration. Not only do people look at how close the neighborhood is to things like stores but also they check out the neighborhood itself, looking at the types of neighbors, how safe it is and other similar factors. Having a neighbor who does not take care of his or her property can take a toll when you are trying to sell because it sends a bad image of the neighborhood and could chase away potential buyers.
Quicken Loans explains that an unkempt neighbor could lower your home’s value or keep it from selling, so you should try to take steps to remedy the situation. You can try talking with your neighbor first. Perhaps the person just cannot keep up with the maintenance needed. Perhaps he or she is elderly. If this is the case, then you could arrange to help the person get his or her property back in shape. Sometimes, though, a neighbor just does not care and will not be open to making changes.
If you end up in that situation, you may have to bring others into it. If you are part of a Homeowners Association, contact them. The state of your neighbor’s home is probably in violation of rules and the HOA can help fix that. If you do not have an HOA, then you may be able to contact city officials. Your neighbor may have laws about unkempt properties and might be able to get things fixed.
It is never easy to be stuck next to a property that is not being properly maintained. This is especially true if you are trying to sell. You may be limited in what you can do, but it never hurts to give it a try. This information is for education and is not legal advice.