How to deal with a neighbor's bad curb appeal

Seek outside help

If you don’t have the time, the money or the physical capability required to help your neighbor, others might.

Many localities have home improvement programs for low-income homeowners, veterans, seniors and other people who might have trouble maintaining their homes.

Here are some places to look for help:

  • Rebuilding Together, a network of nonprofits whose volunteers make repairs for low-income homeowners.
  • Habitat for Humanity’s A Brush with Kindness program connects volunteers with low-income families who need help with painting, landscaping, weatherization and minor repairs.
  • Your state and local governments (call the housing department, or search online for "single-family rehabilitation" plus your city’s name).
  • A local office of the federal government’s Department of Housing and Urban Development.
  • In rural areas, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Very Low-Income Housing Repair program helps senior citizen owner/occupants.
  • Home improvement television shows. The odds of your neighbor being chosen for the show are long, but if you can find a home renovation or landscaping show that’s accepting applications, try nominating your neighbor. The DIY Network show Desperate Landscapes is one option.