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Resolving boundary disputes

People in Seattle may often envision boundary disputes between neighbors devolving into some form of "Hatfields-vs.-McCoys"-type of feud. Few disputes ever go that far, yet still, they can involve a good deal of emotion (often manifested in vitriol). After all, people take great pride in their homes and properties, and thus are fiercely protective of them. If, however, a dispute over property boundaries does arise, the hope is that cooler heads will prevail and the matter can be resolved easily. Even the law has been structured to be help facilitate such resolutions. 

Neighbor conflicts: how to find peace

Finding the perfect home sweet home can come with endless benefits: a nice yard or balcony, a short work commute and interior decorating are only a few of the perks. When a Seattle resident has settled into the ideal pad, it may seem as if nothing could get in the way of enjoying the new place. All of that joy can dissolve in an instant when an obnoxious neighbor enters the picture.

Common factors in neighbor disputes

Whether you are a seasoned homeowner or a brand-new homeowner in Washington State, you will no doubt come to learn that getting along with your neighbors is not always as easy as you would wish. Sometimes you will get lucky and develop a close and lifelong friendship with the people near you. Other times, however, you and your neighbors will find yourselves with competing interests. Resolving those situations can get tricky.

Protecting yourself against unruly neighbors

If you have ever lived next to, across the street or even down the street from neighbors that make you cringe or interfere with your ability to enjoy your home and environment, you are not alone. Many people in Washington State have experienced the same thing. In a way, neighbors are like family members in that you cannot pick them but you are left figuring out how to deal with them.

When enough is enough: neighbors and noise

No matter the location, having a noisy neighbor in the mix is no fun game to play. While a barking dog every now and then can become a small nuisance, incessant noise can start to impact one's overall quality of life. Seattle neighbors dealing with these pesky situations have a number of options to turn to, and although each issue can differ from the next, there are some basic tips to handle a situation that is occurring right outside the front door.

Resolving a neighborhood dispute

Everyone has heard of them, and those who have experienced them would prefer to stay out of the problem for good: neighborhood disputes can quickly get out of hand, but can take months to resolve. Seattle residents stuck in the middle of a neighborhood situation can understand, however, the difficulty of sorting through an issue with someone who may only live a short distance away. 

Trees lead multiple neighbors to court

Throughout the Pacific Northwest, the ability to live among green trees and natural foliage year-round is something sought and appreciated. It is actually also considered one of the benefits of living in an area that gets a relatively high amount of rainfall. However, there may well come a point when people in Washington State might not be so happy to have mature trees near their residences.

When a neighbor's dog becomes a noisy problem

Home sweet home: this is the sentiment of millions of American homeowners, and is one that symbolizes comfort and peace of mind. When this peace of mind is compromised by a neighbor, the situation can become overwhelming. What can Seattle residents do in such unnecessary predicaments? 

Understanding property easements

When you are looking to buy a home in Washington State, it can be very easy to get focused on the particulars of the home that you enjoy and make sure you pay the price that you feel is reasonable and good for you. While these things are important, it is also vital that you carefully review some of the other details that may have implications for the ultimate enjoyment or experience of your new home. The existence of an easement is one of these details.

When a neighbor's unruly pet won't pipe down

Dogs are humans' best friends, but not when an irritated neighbor is involved. Confrontations can be difficult to initiate -- especially when the issue stems from a nearby homeowner -- but nevertheless are the answer for some Seattle residents who simply want peace of mind. Many might assume that most neighbor disputes lead to little change, but some situations reach the point of legal concern.

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