Some people live in areas where the closest neighbor is miles away. Others can see right into their neighbor’s houses, and their neighbors can see into theirs. We’ve all likely had the sensation of walking down some street, in some town, and looking in people’s windows. It’s not that we were staring, but simply looking around, when something terrible happened – a person in the home caught our eye. It can feel humiliating but it can also lead us to think – shouldn’t they have had their curtains … [Read more...] about What’s the Policy on Leaving Curtains Open When Neighbors Can See Inside Your Home?
Having aggravating or tasteless neighbors can be more than an inconvenience – it can actually decrease the value of your home – at least according to one study. A report shows that homes located close to “bad taste” homes can be worth up to $10,000 less as a result of potential buyers not liking the looks of the neighbors. In fact, 92% of real estate agents surveyed said that a bad neighbor can have a significant negative impact on the value of homes around it. The biggest issues are noisy or … [Read more...] about Could Your Neighbors Choice in Curtains Hurt the Value of Your Home?
In many parts of the country, homeowners are living closer to their neighbors than ever before. This can lead to feelings of claustrophobia or people feeling as though they’ve totally lost their privacy. An article titled Living in a Goldfish Bowl gives some great background and solutions to this problem. Lucia van Gerwen writes, “In the past, residents enjoyed an “openness” with their neighbors and were not generally concerned about the possibility of others having a view into the home. In … [Read more...] about Tired of Living Without Privacy? There is a Solution