While you might be incredibly house proud and have the very best sash windows in Berkshire installed at home, there’s not a huge amount you can do about your neighbours’ aesthetic choices.
But unfortunately, it’s highly possible that your own house could drop in value because of the preferences of those next door when it comes to exterior décor.
New Churchill Home Insurance research has just revealed that more than 2.5 million people actually didn’t purchase a property because of the way the neighbouring houses looked… so if you are thinking of selling up and moving on next year, you may struggle if your neighbours’ style isn’t quite up to scratch.
How you cope with this is, of course, up to you but it may not be the best course of action to try and remove some of this décor yourself. Yet it seems that many do go down this route, with the study showing that 45 per cent of people concerned about neighbourly décor tried to remove it themselves for fear of it driving down the value of their own property.
“When moving into a property, most people want to decorate it to make it their own, but if you are making any drastic exterior changes it may be worth speaking to your neighbours first. Anything that may affect the value of someone else’s home is bound to be a sensitive topic,” head of Churchill Home Insurance Martin Scott commented.
If you are trying to sell, why don’t you have a nice chat with your neighbours to see if there’s anything they can do temporarily until you’ve sold your house? If you trespass and try and do it yourself, you could soon find yourself in hot water.