10 Ways Neighbors Drive Each Other Crazy

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Subject: Messy side yard

Our neighbors recently had their house tented after living in the house for about 12 years. They claim they were doing this because of termites. Well they had so much trash and junk on the side yard, I saw a snake slither onto my drive way. Granted we live on a canyon, but we've lived here almost 20 years and I've never seen a snake. They insist on piling block pavers, planter pots, trellises and trash on our property. They are constantly working in their yard, but you can never see any progress. It looks a mess since they moved there. They aren't rude or anything, but just junky and messy

Mary Nelson

Subject: bad neighbor

When I was still living in Altadena, CA, I was outside cleaning off a fence of a vine which I did not want. The neighbor on the other side of the yard started yelling at me to stop because she did not like the bare fence. This is the same neighbor who bought an English Sheep Dog and expected it to stay small which of course it did not. The dog was constantly escaping the yard and she did nothing about it. She never trained the dog and expected me to go to training class with the dog. When she finally moved, she started to leave the dogs for the new owner which he did not know about. They were picked up by someone who could deal with them. This is also the neighbor who would go down the street picking up trash, but would not work at cleaning up her own yard. She also was the one who built a high fence around her yard blocking out all the sun for one of the neighbors. She would fight with neighbors over the smallest item. She also took a light fixture in the house which was part of the house which was for sale. Everyone who lived around her was delighted when she finally moved out of the house. She was a horrible neighbor.

Clint B

Subject: bad neighbors

What your article did not cover, were real neighbor issues. These are, barking dogs, loud music and parking infringements.


Subject: Annoying neighbors

My next-door neighbor operates power tools on his back stairs, yards from my sofa. When I have a migraine it feels like he's drilling my brain. Then the EL roaring by every few minutes is just a little extra torture.
I must have thin ceilings because I can hear the cat walking upstairs over my head, or they might have a lion. I've got a stomper upstairs too.
I have a police woman who terrorizes me and has hissy fits E-mailing everyone in condo making nasty paranoid accusations because we live to inconvenience her. I love it when she complains about parking since she parks inches from my car. If I ever scratch her car I'll have the force on my back.


Subject: Crazy Neighbor

My neighbor moves any thing left on my front porch and will move it to the side door because she does not want it there.
I have my garbage cans on the side of my driveway and she comes over early in the morning and moves them to the other side or in front of my garage door, even if the cans are empty. I put them back and when I leave my house and come home there back in front of my garage door.
I am not allowed to leave my side light on because the light goes into her bedroom window.


Subject: landscaping projects?

Not complaint but question... I know cutting the grass is some peoples hobby. Cutting grass can be good exercise. But it seems excessive to me, writing this now because, its October and neighbor is cutting grass twice this week. Nothing to cut, absolutely nothing coming out of the shoot. Some people have nothing better to do? Why?


Subject: Looks like many people have

Looks like many people have problems with neighbors. I HATE my new neighbor, moved in almost a year ago and plays loud blasting music all day long and at night he won't stop with the loud video games or throwing things around. He lives next door to us and we told him nicely if he could the music at a normal level of noise bc we have an elderly person in the house. That made things worst and we called the cops, that didn't work either. My daughter's room is right next to that maniac's room and one night she was so angry she told him off in a not so nice way. She claims that whenever he is there and she goes into her room he plays the music much louder or begins to throw things around. She cannot study during the day, read nor sleep. I think this person has Serious Mental Health Problems. I'm most worried for my daughter, I feel this situation is traumatizing her and I don't want her to get sick for lack of sleep. She is sleeping with us or in the living room. We spoke with the building manager but she didn't do anything. As it turns out that maniac is her nephew and he is there rent free bc he is only working part time. If things keep going from bad to worst we will have to move after years of living here. It's horrible to know that these types of mentally unstable people get away with such behaviors bc they know they can. We, the ones that are being physically damaged by all this are the ones that have to make the changes so Rats like this man can continue with their toxic behaviour and life.

Ginger Rogers

Subject: In the eye of the beholder

Our neighbor across the street recently sold her home which was very lovely to look at and has (had) a beautiful county style garden. New owner comes in yesterday and hacks down the 100-year old hydrangea. :(

Lou Irigoyen

Subject: Inconsiderate Neighbors

Having lived in many parts of the country, I can say with a very high level of accuracy, that annoying neighbors are not common or normal in any type of neighborhood. We now live in a very nice, private community with an HOA. Unfortunately, when the economy hit the slump, many investors bought up property here and are renting the homes until the market picks up and they can sell for profit. Well, many of the renters, do not have the pride of ownership that those of us who own, have. They have an unusual number of family members living in one home, so, they all have cars. They park the cars all over the place instead of just where it is designated parking. Trash cans are left out all week in spite of strict rules regarding trash and waste recepticles. The list goes on, but I couldn't help but chuckle at the various ways that neighbors can be annoying. It all comes down to good common sense and a genuine concern for you fellow neighbor. We lived in our last home for over 30 years and for the most part, had pretty nice neighbors, but sometimes you just get one that does not want to conform to the "standards" set by the rest of the community. Very difficult to deal with these people. Short of marching on their lawns with protest signs, the best you can do is drop the subtle hints in hopes that they get the message and do not become hostile.

Gracia Danis

Subject: Dogs

I don't want to start a war - my neighbor has complained about my dogs barking while I am at work - they both wear bark collars. This same neighbor sits on her phone with her loud cigarette, whiskey voice all weekend - talk about annoying. I can't sit on my patio or open my windows without hearing her nonsense talking & annoying voice. Talk about dogs barking -her dog barks as we'll - when she is gone her dog cries with an agonizing whimper, like he is in pain non-stop for hours.


Subject: barking dog

Not sure if you still have this problem,but you can buy devices that quiet a neighbors dog that barks. You then press a button to activate it also. Look it up on the internet. It is safe to use and legal too.


Subject: God Lives Next Door--Or King S--T! Take Your Pick!

My neighbors had to have the biggest, most expensive McMansion on the block.

Bright lights blazing all night long, sometimes all day. Right into my bedroom.
Always parking their luxury cars on the road or in their hand-laid European hand-laid brick driveway. They think they're IT. Constant lawn care. Constant catering services. Constant ATTENTION. I put something up in front of my house they have to outdo it or outnumber it. They simply CRAVE attention and can't get enough of it. I Know this guy's tied to the Mafia which is where he gets all his millions. An extremely arrogant, smug Italian-American Catholic with a ton-weight chip on his shoulder. He's also a major racist and bigot, but has the dough to keep his nose clean and to get his dirty deeds done.


Subject: I agree. My mother's paternal

I agree. My mother's paternal side of the family is of Italian ancestry and are NOTHING like she describes, nor are they bigots or racist.



Our neighbor reported us for snow removal and it was the only time i have never done it and it was not much. Then during the next snow storm my son did an excellent job shoveling and he took his ice from his driveway and sprinkled it all over our sidewalk twice and recently. Then reported our basketball hoop but unfortunetly the HOA said we can let it stay but moved it up a little. Then his son broke the common fence and threw the pieces along with a few rocks onto our porch area. These are all recent the list goes on and on. Neighbors from HELL!


Subject: Reply

My suggestion is video cameras to you and to the people who are dealing with crazy neighbors. Only way to stop them should you have to fight them in front of HOA's or in court (not cause u take them but because they sue you).

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I second the original question (still unanswered). Speaking as someone who logged in today to try to find an attorney, I see this category as one that's exactly what I have my Angie's List membership for:

1. It's important that I find a good one
2. I'm not an expert enough to know myself who is a good one
3. The industry is full of advertisements and misinformation
4. I wish I knew what experiences other people have had

I don't care about lawns--I planted mine in clover and don't have to mow it. When I do need to mow I use a rotary Fiskars mower, which is great--or a scythe. That's right--a scythe (the European type, which is smaller, and it's very good exercise). Gas-powered mowers, chemical fertilizers and weed killers--all nasty stuff that gets into everyone's air, soil, and water. I'm sure my neighbor doesn't like my wildflowers, semi-wild pockets of fruit bushes, and unmown areas and yes, dandelions (I have 10 acres) but that's too bad. It's better habitat for wildlife, especially the pollinators on which our food supply depends. I think this obsession with the Great American Lawn is a waste of time and resources. Plant some food instead.

I'm not sure Angie et. al. want you to have a complete answer to this question. By re-subscribing at the Indiana State Fair in 2012, I think I paid $20.00 per year for a multi- year subscription. Maybe even less. At the other extreme--and I hope my memory isn't faulty about this--I think the price, for my area, for ONE year was an outrageous $70.00. And they debited me automatically without warning. I had to opt out of that automatic charge. I like Angie's List, but if some of the companies they monitor behaved the way they do in this respect, they'd be on some sort of Pages of Unhappiness. I'll be interested to see if this comment gets published or censored out of existence.

That's very difficult to answer without seeing the house. As one poster said, the prep is the most important part. On newer homes that don't have a lot of peeling paint, the prep can be very minimal even as low as a couple or a few hundred dollars for the prep labor.

On a 100 year old home with 12 coats of peeling paint on it, then the prep costs can be very high and can easily exceed 50% of the job's labor cost.

A 2100 sq ft two story home could easily cost $1000 just for the labor to prep for the paint job. That number could climb too. Throw in lots of caullking  or window glazing, and you could be talking a couple or a few hundred dollars more for labor.

Painting that home with one coat of paint and a different color on the trim could run roughly $1000 or more just for labor. Add a second coat  and that could cost close to another $1000 for labor.

For paint, you may need 20 gallons of paint. You can pay from $30-$70 for a gallon of good quality exterior paint. The manufacturer of the paint should be specified in any painting contract. Otherwise, the contractor could bid at a Sherwin-Williams $60 per gallon paint and then paint the house with $35 Valspar and pocket the difference. $25 dollars per gallon times 20 gallons? That's a pretty penny too.

That was the long answer to your question. The short answer is $2000 to $4000 and up, depending upon the amount of prep, the number of coats, the amount of trim, and the paint used.