House Won't Sell--Bad Neighbors

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BP peeps!  I need help.  I need to sell my FIRST FLIP, which is located in Belton, SC, but there are a couple of neighbors who yell, and scream, and have unruly children and a big dog that has scared away all prospective buyers!  

WHAT    DO    I     DO??

A fence and some kind of loud water feature, which will drown out the noise and make people happy

Were these neighbors there when you bought the house?  Did you try actually talking to them?

First, try to make nice.  Bring them a home-baked pie.  Let them know when you are having an open house and if they could keep it down during that time. Pay to send them and the kids to a movie during your house showing.

If carrots don't work, try the sticks:  6' stockade fence, purchase and blast the critter-be-gone ultra high frequency sonic generator aimed at their property 24/7 (quiets dogs and sometimes kids).  If they neglect their kids, drop a dime (that means call the proper local authorities).  Research online to see if there are any outstanding warrants on them.  Check for parole violations, etc.

You can also let the neighbors know that if the house doesn't sell, you will be renting it to the worst group of bad a** bikers / gang members you can find who will blast their own unique type of music that makes heavy-metal-devil-worship rock sound like Mozart, 24/7.

Lastly, take the above half in jest.  

Michaela, that sounds like a good addition to the fence.  

Marc...LOL...I love it!  No, i haven't tried talking to them.  My wife tells me they're this special breed of redneck that will not take any feedback, no matter how eloquent, well.  I do enjoy your solutions to my problem, though.  :)

Originally posted by @Gus Tsesmeloglou :

Marc...LOL...I love it!  No, i haven't tried talking to them.  My wife tells me they're this special breed of redneck that will not take any feedback, no matter how eloquent, well.  I do enjoy your solutions to my problem, though.  :)

I lived next door to these people, too. The house finally sold.  But I totally feel your pain.

I don't know about the location where you live, but I would have to disclose a "noisy neighbor" situation in California.

When I sold my personal residence there in 2015, the PRDS (Peninsula Regional Data Service) Supplemental Seller's Checklist form from my realtor asked about items such as (to highlight a few of the 25 categories): animals (squirrels, crows, flying and crawling insects), neighborhood conditions (vehicular traffic noise on the street, aircraft noise from the local airport), and governmental issues (nearby street undergoing a beautification upgrade).

Californians might sue each other over the silliest of things, but the lawsuits are real and suck up valuable resources when they happen.