Many factors affect your La Quinta home’s final price on the real estate market: size, condition, location; the list goes on. However, the factor that many aspiring home sellers don’t take into account is your neighbors. Your neighbors can affect your home’s real estate value for good and for ill, so make sure you know what you’re up against before you start entertaining potential buyers.
The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
Your neighbors and their property affect buyers’ opinion of your home in more ways than just the obvious. A neighbor yard that’s unkempt and full of debris is bad, but so is a neighbor yard housing a loud or aggressive dog, or a yard housing a loud collection of abstract artistic wind chimes, or even a property that’s so well-kept that it outshines your own in the process. Anything that suggests to a buyer that their potential new neighbors may be a chore to deal with is something that needs to be paid attention to. Additionally, word of mouth speaks volumes to buyers – a smart modern buyer will often scout the neighborhood on non-open-house days, and you want to make sure the prevailing neighbor opinion on you and your property is positive before buyers strike up conversations around the area. You want them to talk about how beautiful your garden is in spring, not about how your backyard is the area’s breeding ground for all manners of creepy-crawlies.
What to Do Before Buyers Pour In
What can you do to improve your neighboring properties before buyers come around? It’s simply not reasonable to expect your neighbors to make the same efforts you are to sell your home – you may be pumped and ready to get down in the dirt and revamp your garden, but your neighbor isn’t looking at a fat closing price as their motivation.
While heavy-duty efforts are a bit much to ask, if you approach them appropriately with small requests (and something to sweeten the deal, such as a gift basket or tickets to a local event), most will be happy to work with you to tidy up their lawn (offer the use of your hands to help out), keep their noisy dog indoors for the day (buy their pooch a trip to a local pet spa on the day of the open house), or move their cars out of the way for easier buyer access to your home (spring for tickets to the movies or a nearby concert). If they refuse to work with you, speak with your real estate agent to discuss the best way to pick up the slack – whether it’s as extreme as putting up a privacy fence, or simply making arrangements with the town to provide alternate parking in your area. The fact remains that most of your neighbors will work with you if you approach them politely and make their assigned chores stress-free and worth their while – it simply takes the courage to knock on their door and pop the question.
Maximizing your home’s sale value on the real estate market is tricky enough without neighbors shaking up the odds. If you want real, professional advice on how to get the price you deserve when selling your La Quinta home, chat with your local real estate agent for tips, strategies, and hands-on assistance.