Nosy Neighbors, Take #14

Long before the Buyer’s home inspector lays eyes on it, or the Buyer’s title company checks for closed permits, wanna guess who (else) nosyknows whether the Seller’s recent Kitchen Remodel is high-end? (or not, as the case may be).

The neighbors.

In the course of the months-long project, it’s a good bet that at least one neighbor will have noted the various contractor comings-and-goings, and whether said contractors (and their vehicles) appeared professional; the general contractor employed licensed subcontractors (plumber, electrician, etc.); the workers kept regular hours; and whether the dumpsters got emptied regularly — or debris was left to blow all over the block.

P.S.:  At a recent Sunday open house I hosted, one such neighbor, unbidden, shared their decidedly negative take on the contractors who did another neighbor’s recent Family Room addition.

What else do the neighbors know?  

See, “Why I Like Neighbors — Reason #37″“The “What-Will-the-Neighbors-Tell-the-New-Owner?” Disclosure Test“; “Contractor Etiquette“; and “Wet Basements:  Who’s Responsible?”

About the author

Ross Kaplan has 19+ years experience selling real estate all over the Twin Cities. He is also a 12-time consecutive "Super Real Estate Agent," as determined by Mpls. - St. Paul Magazine and Twin Cities Business Magazine. Prior to becoming a Realtor, Ross was an attorney (corporate law), CPA, and entrepreneur. He holds an economics degree from Stanford.

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