How to deal with a neighbor's bad curb appeal

Make friends first and ask nicely

It might seem like common sense, but how often have you let something fester simply because you haven't confronted the situation?

If you don’t know your offending neighbor, or it’s been a while since your last friendly chat, buddy up to him.

Take your neighbor a pan of brownies, some extra produce from your garden or an invitation to a neighborhood potluck. Ask him how things are going. Don’t mention the problem.

Just be nice.

Once you’re on good terms with your neighbor, you’ve established the foundation from which you can ask him to help you with your problem.

That’s right — your neighbor’s bad curb appeal is really your problem more than his, so ask for his help, keeping in mind that your neighbor might be clueless that something about his home is upsetting you.

Most people want to get along with their neighbors and want to be helpful. Give your neighbor an opportunity to do these things, and you might be pleasantly surprised.