How to deal with an abandoned home

5 places to look for help

An abandoned home in an otherwise thriving neighborhood can be an eyesore – or worse.

What happens if the lawn goes uncut for weeks or months? If a pipe bursts inside? If a squatter takes up residence?

This abandoned property can quickly move from nuisance to become a real hazard. And if you're trying to sell your home, an empty property next door can scare away potential buyers, or lead to lower bids than if your neighbor maintained that property.

You don't need to fight this battle alone, though.

There are resources available to help turn that property around, whether you just want to cut the lawn, or try to get it out of the hands of an owner who is trying to squeeze every dime out of the property, at the expense of your street. Here's who to call in what situation.

By Jen A. Miller
Interest.com Contributing Editor