Share Your Thoughts: How Do You Battle the Neighborhood Eyesore?

Ok, creative problem solvers, how would you handle having the neighbor eyesore next door to your listing? You know, the one that is bringing the property you are trying to sell down. Have you had to face this? If so, how’d you overcome the challenge? I want to hear from you! I’m collecting solutions to battling the neighborhood eyesore for an upcoming article in REALTOR® Magazine. If you’d like your idea featured, send your solution to Melissa Dittmann Tracey at, and please include your name, company, and city/state.

Melissa Tracey

Melissa Dittmann Tracey is a contributing editor for REALTOR® Magazine, writing about home & design trends, technology, and sales and marketing. She manages the magazine's award-winning Styled, Staged & Sold blog.

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  1. It’s not very creative, but why not call your local codes department?

  2. We are called on to handle this situation frequently.
    On the outside: Fences make good neighbors. So does landscaping with arborvitae shrubs – a fast fix worth the investment.
    Inside: Use plantation blinds turned down so the light comes in but the view does not.
    Margaret Innis, Decorate To Sell, Andover, Massachusetts

  3. I have a listing just one house away from the beach and ocean views. The “less than ideal looking” home which includes a Winebago that is never going anywhere is in a direct line to part of the view. I generally offer suggestions to clients on growing a line of shrubs but also point out the importance of getting to know and appreciate these neighbors with acceptance and understanding.

  4. I knock on the door of the eyesore property and congradulate them with, “You won a free yard cleanup.” If the property is vacant, I maintain the yard within reason.

  5. Shawn Jackson

    Shawn Jackson says,in response to Melissa Innis, just the opposite pull the verts to the side and stare at that I sore
    Until my idea s become over powering to the point were i present these ideas to the maker of this incredible eye sore.for outside refacing.Why ?Because i am very Idealistic

  6. mary cioffi

    A builder bought 46 lots in a subdivision The home across the street from the prime lot, ideal for his model home was painted brillient purple. He offered to buy the paint to repaint the home if they could agree on a conservative color. The money he spent was the best investment.

  7. Helping where I can! Look at the free
    Ways to get donations or 1800 got junk
    Or Salvation Army or Church groups
    Habitat for Humanity and other local
    Groups to help with getting the yard
    And yardage or the containers and
    Receipts for the donations go to credit
    And credible communities that can re
    Use the once ugly now reusable for
    The cat in the hat or secondary stores
    Antique stores and the recyclers in
    The community! The situation to help
    Homeowners takes months and you
    Don’t get paid $1 , however, the joy
    And impressive way to help them
    Gets them going forwards, especially
    Once you helped someone else.
    My market materials, show them
    The facts, and ways to help them
    Change their mindset while they
    Help themselves! I have certainly
    Amicably shown numerous neighbors
    This lately, and it’s made a difference
    In each of their lives! A slipshod dunk
    Is one way of putting it! The transverse
    Is they are going to be financially
    Successful with this economic market
    To boot!