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Can you keep a disagreement from escalating to a dispute?

When you move into your new neighborhood in Seattle, the excitement of being in your new home may overshadow your concerns about meeting your new neighbors at first. However, with time, chances are you will notice the people who live in your neighborhood, especially those who live immediately around you. If a disagreement surfaces, what can you do to prevent it from turning into a full-on dispute?

Fortunately, there are diplomatic ways in which you can express your concerns without coming across as abrasive, angry or rude. As soon as you identify an issue, be cordial in the way you approach your neighbor. Express your concerns without attacking them personally or their property. You may even consider taking them a treat to lessen the intensity and tension of the situation. According to Zillow, if you recognize something that is bothering you that could potentially be an ongoing problem, consider negotiating a solution in writing that can be referenced if there are future disagreements. 

If you are questioning your property line and suspect that your neighbor is encroaching on your property, consider hiring someone to survey the area and positively identify where one property starts and another ends so you can prevent heated disputes before they ever begin. Should you ever have to seek legal support to resolve a neighbor dispute, do your best to remain objective and civil even if you are frustrated with your neighbor. 

The information in this article is intended for educational purposes only and should not be taken as legal advice. 

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