Improving your home is exciting: Whether they’re minor or substantial, indoors or out, property upgrades can change the look and feel of your living space. For homeowners who take on such projects, the promise of a new kitchen or fenced-in yard makes all the noise, mess, and aggravation worthwhile. Your neighbors, on the other hand, have no reward to look forward to, but must bear the inconvenience of not being able to enjoy their homes and neighborhood as much as they might until your project is complete. There’s also the risk they’ll hate your changes, which could lead to an ongoing feud.
In fact, a 2022 survey conducted by Offerpad, an online home-buying and -selling service, found that nearly half the respondents indicated that proper home and yard maintenance was the most important quality of a neighbor. The same survey found that 45 percent of respondents cited disagreements related to yards or home exteriors as the reason for neighbor discontent.
As you read through these neighbor-offending projects, consider which are in your future. How can you make your improvements less egregious and troublesome for your neighbors? We have some ideas.
1. Projects That Just Won’t End
One of the most annoying home improvement projects is the one that lingers on…and on. When a home becomes an ongoing construction site complete with a chain-link construction fence, portable toilet, Dumpster, and torn-up landscaping, curb appeal for the entire neighborhood goes out the window. Be mindful of how long your project will take because if it lingers on for too long, neighbors are bound to complain.
2. Over-the-Top Exterior Lighting
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