Naughty neighbours knock almost £40,000 off the value of your home

publication date: Sep 7, 2016
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author/source: Kate Faulkner, Property Expert and Author of Which? Property Books

Naughty neighbours knock almost £40,000 off the value of your home

More than 90% of UK estate agents say that having a problem neighbour severely impacts the value of your home according to recent research from Privilege Home Insurance. Unsightly gardens, shoddy maintenance and general mess all contribute to the fact that a dodgy neighbour reduces the price of an average house by over £17,000. On the other hand, a well behaved neighbour may increase the value of your house by up to £20,000.

This means the difference between a good and bad neighbour can mean the price of your property can fluctuate by almost £40,000, in London this figure heads upwards of £80,000. The worst possible thing for a neighbour to have is boarded up windows, believed to knock off just shy of £25,000 from the price of the average house in the UK.

I’m not wholly sure of the accuracy of these numbers, but they are interesting none the less, if nothing else to make sure that if you can, you get on well with your neighbours and if work is required on their property do what you can to help/encourage them to get it done!

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Bad neighbours: Top things that devalue your house

Rank

Maintenance Issue

-% Effect on Value

Effect of value of ave. house

1

Broken or boarded up windows

10.70%

-£22,602.00

2

Unsightly or imposing extensions and DIY

7.00%

-£14,786.00

3

Rubbish or Junk in the driveway/front garden

6.10%

-£12,885.00

4

Run down vehicles in the front drive

5.40%

-£11,406.00

5

Garish/unsightly coloured external buildings/fixtures

4.80%

-£10,139.00

6

Building work

4.70%

-£9,928.00

7

Overgrown Garden

4.40%

-£9,294.00

8

Rotting or chipped window or door frames

4.20%

-£8,872.00

9

Overflowing gutters

3.60%

-£7,604.00

10

Dirty brickwork or property frontage

3.50%

-£7,393.00

The research also discovered who the worst and best type of neighbours are:

Worst neighbours have these characteristics:

  • Family that lives in London

  • Parents in their40s

  • Unemployed

  • Drive a Volkswagen (really? I drive one and I’m a lovely neighbour!)

  • Own a dog

Best neighbours have these characteristics:

  • Live in Plymouth

  • Single

  • Aged 60 and over

  • Don't have a pet

  • Drive a Nissan

Top bad neighbourly behaviour

Rank

Bad Neighbourly Behaviour

Percentage

1

They're noisy

23.70%

2

They're unfriendly

18.90%

3

They have an untidy / overgrown garden

17.30%

4

They're rude

17.20%

5

They have a loud dog

15.40%

6

They park across my drive

15.20%

7

They keep me awake at night

15.10%

8

They have loud arguments

14.10%

9

They hold loud parties

13.70%

10

They do DIY or housework at anti-social hours

13.60%

Over 30% of people with unwanted neighbours revealed that they have suffered sleepless nights as as a result of their travails. Similarly, a third said nasty neighbours make them want to move house with more than 10% stating that they had either attempted to move or desperately needed to due to the bad blood between them and their neighbours.

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How does your region rank with bad neighbours?

City

% with bad neighbours

London

54.00%

Newcastle

52.00%

Birmingham

50.00%

Cardiff

49.00%

Manchester

47.00%

Glasgow

47.00%

Liverpool

45.00%

Edinburgh

45.00%

Belfast

44.00%

Sheffield

43.00%

Southampton

38.00%

Norwich

37.00%

Nottingham

34.00%

Leeds

34.00%

Brighton

33.00%

Bristol

32.00%

Plymouth

28.00%


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