Neighbors & your new rehab?

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I'm about to start a new rehab and was thinking of knocking on a couple of the neighbors' doors, introducing myself and offering them my card.

Has anyone ever done this at the start of their rehab? If so, how many doors did you knock on, and what was the reception?  

Also I noticed a few times a random car or two parked in the flip house's driveway; I'm assuming it's the people next door, since the two driveways run parallel w/ no barrier.  It'll be a good way to nicely let them know that the house will now be occupied (at least w/ workers during the day) and the driveway needed--lest they be blocked in by a contractor, lol. 

@Vonetta Booker , we always do this for several reasons:

1) We want the neighbors as alias when it comes to sell the house.  Who knows, the neighbor might have a friend or family member that might be interested in buying the house.  I always tell them that they can help choose their new neighbor by helping find a buyer.

2) I want them to call me if they see anything fishy going on with the property.

3) If they have any trouble with any of the workers, I want to know about it immediately.  It is important for me to run a professional flip.

4) One of the neighbors might be interested in selling in the future or know someone who is.  

If the house hasn't sold before we finish it, we always have a neighbor open house once we are done.  Here again, the more people that come into my house, the quicker it should sell if my price is right.  The neighbors live on that street for a reason.  They are often my best sales people.

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Originally posted by @Julia Blythe :

@Vonetta Booker, we always do this for several reasons:

1) We want the neighbors as alias when it comes to sell the house.  Who knows, the neighbor might have a friend or family member that might be interested in buying the house.  I always tell them that they can help choose their new neighbor by helping find a buyer.

2) I want them to call me if they see anything fishy going on with the property.

3) If they have any trouble with any of the workers, I want to know about it immediately.  It is important for me to run a professional flip.

4) One of the neighbors might be interested in selling in the future or know someone who is.  

If the house hasn't sold before we finish it, we always have a neighbor open house once we are done.  Here again, the more people that come into my house, the quicker it should sell if my price is right.  The neighbors live on that street for a reason.  They are often my best sales people.

 Yes, these are exactly the reasons I was thinking!  How many houses do you visit? (I was thinking the homes directly to the left and right, but perhaps a couple across the street as well.)  

I'll knock on the door & if they answer, chat them up quickly & hand them my card--if no one's home, I'll leave a friendly "hi" letter with my card attached.

@Vonetta Booker  I always look for opportunities to meet the adjoining neighbors but I don't generally knock on their door. They usually come over because they're curious about what's going on. Besides a desire to be friendly, @Julia Blythe  gives good  practical reasons!

@Vonetta Booker Yes, I do this all the time.  Talking to neighbors is really importand and theres no other way you can find some of the information they have!  Also just published one of my first blog posts about good neighbors too.   

http://www.flipjl.com/why-good-neighbors-are-key-for-first-time-homebuyers/