Homes, like people, are often judged by the company they keep, says Rick
Hoffman, president and COO of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in
San Diego County and Temecula Valley. "Unfortunately, a
home with a less-than-tidy next-door neighbor or an adjacent vacant
home lacking in the lawn care department can have a negative effect on a
potential homebuyer. It's worth the effort to politely ask for some
neighborly support in keeping their lawn mowed, or even offering to lend
your own elbow grease," he says.