Curious, the Mrs. stated:
Slam, the next time you are out walking the yellow buffalo, sneak next door and take a quick look at one of the neighbor's "for sale flyers"--I want to know how much they want for their home.
I do as ordered and report back to the Mrs. an amount that we agree is about $50,000 more than what should be a reasonable expectation for such a home.
In any event...
With any residential sale, location and having good neighbors is essential.
With that in mind, the Mrs. and I have implemented the following regulations to help our neighbors obtain maximum value on their home sale:
1) Postpone Kid Skinny-Dipping Ventures
The youngest prefers running through sprinklers and kid pools in the buff, but unfortunately prospective buyers may be deterred by a landscape view obstructed by a shiny hiney. If the little guy does strip, emergency bath towels are located at both ends of the yard for immediate coverage.
2) Hide the Yellow Buffalo
Our yellow-lab mix believes that any property that he can see is his, and he should bark, growl, and otherwise intimidate persons nearby. Nothing says "next house hun" more than a howling 95 lbs. looking ferocious behind a four-foot fence.
3) Cancel the Backyard Sports Schedule
Though the current neighbor's may appreciate showing how well constructed thier windows are after tennis balls, plastic baseballs and softballs, foam rockets, and other projectiles safely bounce off, the noise and shock may be too much for a potential buyer.
4) Temporarily Close the Shooting Range
For the time being, older boy is prohibited from firing his Mossberg replica pump-action shotgun (pellet gun) at targets in the field behind our houses. Though fun, making aluminum cans fly using a shotgun-loooking weapon may not be seen as an appealing family activity by all adults.
If the kids, can abide by these simple temporary restrictions, I am confident that our neighbors will make a quick sale, and then I can request some kind of commission.
Or, it will be a good practice run for when we chase off the next set of neighbors, and the "for sale" scenario is repeated.
At least that is my opinion, and I am sticking to it.
Ok, so I embellished a bit in this post. We are really not that bad of a family to have living next door .