In every town or city, there are neighborhoods that have been pushed to the wayside. These neighborhoods may be older and many are neglected or have never been improved upon. Though they may be livable, the home values and the neighborhood value itself could be increased with just a little cleaning up. If you are interested in cleaning up a neighborhood after you buy a home, here are some steps to birthing a better neighborhood.
Select a neighborhood with high home ownership
One of the best ways to change a neighborhood is to get those who are living there involved.This can be a difficult task if there are more vacant homes and less homeowners. If you are looking for homes for sale, have your real estate agent show you neighborhoods that have few vacancies and lots of inhabitants.
Clean up your own exterior
One of the best ways to show visible improvement to the neighborhood is to furnish the exterior of your home in a beautiful manner. Grow green grass and plant a flower garden to make the home look look inviting. Be sure to clean up the siding and be sure that the home is properly painted and any crumbling materials are replaced. Creating a beautiful home can be the catalyst to the neighborhood values increasing.
Start up an HOA
Some people have the idea that neighborhood associations have to be started with the inception of the neighborhood. Neighborhood HOAs can actually be started later on as well. Scout out your neighbors and come together to figure out if they would be interested in a neighborhood association. Be sure to note the benefits that your neighborhood association would supply such as neighborhood watch, lawn and yard service, and better parking. If you find that the majority in the neighborhood are for an HOA, you can set up the organization within a few months.
Form a relationship with the city
Having a good relationship with the city can keep a neighborhood well taken care of. Form relationships as a homeowner association or as a neighborhood association with representatives from your city council and state representatives. This will help you to gain clout when petitioning for neighborhood improvements such as increased police presence, more streetlights, and better roads and sidewalks. A good relationship with those who run your town can help to increase the overall attractiveness of the neighborhood and bring about a better community.