|Chiswick Guide to Spotting a Neighbour From Hell|
Doing your homework is vital if you want to preserve your sanity and protect your privacy
Whether you're targeting property in Gunnersbury, Stamford Brook, Bedford Park and borders, Turnham Green, Grove Park, Acton Green, Chiswick Park, Brackenbury Village or Strand-on-the-Green, doing your homework is vital if you want to preserve your sanity and protect your privacy.
Buyers are warned of the importance of doing a recce of prospective flats and houses for sale in W4, or whatever area they are targeting. A difficult next door neighbour could take thousands off the value of a property says Jonathan Haward, founder of Home finding company County Homesearch: “Your prospective neighbours may cause misery later on, or at worst, could reduce the value of your home or even make it unsalable.”
According to the firms’ archive, the main causes of disputes are as follows:
• Hedges and trees – leylandii are a particular cause for disagreement as are overhanging trees and bushes
Homesearch advises buyers to make a point of visiting a house at different times of day and to listen out for periodic noises from machinery, transportation, construction and such like. Pay attention to any shared access areas and toys or bikes in the garden. Evidence of children could set alarm bells ringing for a retired couple but may be an advantage to a growing family looking to integrate into a lively community. Either way, in law, noisy children do not constitute a nuisance.
Are you a neighbour from hell?
Although sellers are duty bound to reveal if they have had a problem with a neighbour, this is only if the neighbour has been reported to the police or the local authority. Try to find out what you can through informal enquiries and observation and visit a property at different times. It’s amazing what you can discover, including a property situated on a rat run to a school, motorway, or shortcut.
Being a good neighbour is all about behaving as you would wish others to behave, but here are the 10 of the top tips:
For useful advice and resources on dealing with noisy or inconsiderate neighbours visit:
October 18, 2010