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neighbours offended that I suggested hiring a skip

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marrqkashg · 04/07/2015 08:33

My neighbours front garden is an eye saw, they habe a old kitchen unit next to the bin, an overgrown bush messy, grass that's barely cut twice a week. Some weeds poping up through the concrete.

I've joked many times about it but it really does bring the street down. Other day I suggested hiring a skip, since then they've ignored me. They are just being precious right?

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DextersMistress · 04/07/2015 08:42

Or, er, what laurie said!

ProcrastinatorGeneral · 04/07/2015 08:43

My garden is an overgrown jungle, front and back. I give zero fucks for the opinions of my neighbours about it. There's reasons it is like it is, and thise reasons aren't their business.

marrqkashg · 04/07/2015 08:44

I would happily pay for the skip,it was kind of an offer. Yes I know they maybe busy and they are working but they do have the money for an extension and new kitchen, but not to clean up after. Other familys on the street manage to work and keep their front gardens tidy.

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LaurieFairyCake · 04/07/2015 08:46

You would happily pay £200 for a skip to
Take your neighbours rubbish away Confused


marrqkashg · 04/07/2015 08:49

Is it really that much? Was 80 when I did it last. Yes I would pay that much for them to get rid of the junk they store in their front garden. Would only take 20 pounds off all the neighbours who hate their front garden.

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wheresthelight · 04/07/2015 08:49

Eye sore or not it's none of your business. I would be ignoring you after telling you exactly where to stick you nose next

Icimoi · 04/07/2015 08:50

But why do you think they need a skip for one kitchen unit? If you're that bothered, offer to take it to the dump for them.

ollieplimsoles · 04/07/2015 08:52

If I was in the neighbour's situation the garden would be really bugging me, and working full time they are maybe busy and its just gotten out of hand. Instead if offering to pay for a skip, I would more likely befriend them a bit more then ask if they want me to pop over and do their grass while I doing mine one day. Or take the kitchen unit to the skip for them.

They cant like having an untidy garden

springlamb · 04/07/2015 08:53

Yes, just say you're doing a dump run and shall you take that old unit with you.
The bush - why don't you just 'get carried away' whilst pruning your own bush (be still you dirty minds!)
Or put in more bushes to screen it all from your view. Skips cost about £200 including the Vat round here.

Only1scoop · 04/07/2015 08:53

Why do they need a skip....for s kitchen unit?

They have some weeds coming up Confused

How awful for you

songbird · 04/07/2015 08:57

they're just being precious right?

Yes that's right, they're being precious. Skips are stupidly expensive. A kitchen unit can be put in the back of the car and taken to the dump if you're that bothered.

SewingAndCakes · 04/07/2015 08:57

I would imagine that if they've had a new extension and kitchen done recently, they're a bit more interested in sorting out the interior of their house than having a pristine garden. I don't think it's any of your business, even if you feel it brings the street down.

saintlyjimjams · 04/07/2015 08:59

Come round & weed my garden if you like.

You sound a nightmare to live next to. Some falling apart cars in a front garden or a pile of building rubble, maybe. But one unit? Really?

marrqkashg · 04/07/2015 09:06

Its one big solid wood kitchen unit, wouldn't fit in the car else I would just whip it to the tip myself one night.

The over grown bush is huge - over 12 ft and very messy, its close to touching the power lines! But the power distribution people don't seem interested

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GentlyGentlyOhDear · 04/07/2015 09:20

I would ask if you can get a gardener in to cut the bush as it is dropping leaves/blocking your light or something.
We have a scruffy neighbour too and it is bloody irritating when you make your house neat and tidy and then you have to look at other people's rubbish.

Icimoi · 04/07/2015 09:29

The unit would presumably fit in your car if it was broken up. As I say, if you're that bothered about it, offer to take it to the dump.

MadameJosephine · 04/07/2015 09:30

How irritating, for them. If my neighbour constantly 'joked' about the state of my garden I'd ignore them too actually I'd probably tell them to fuck off and mind their own business first

RevoltingPeasant · 04/07/2015 09:32

You would take a solid wood unit yourself without asking?

Er, that'd called....theft!

You don't knwo, they may have plans for it.

Anyhow, look, it's life. My neighbours are getting their bathroom done and the rubble is piled outside. Has been for a few weeks. It's obviously a big job and I'm sure they'll get to it when they have time.

Given that it doesn't impede my enjoyment of my own garden and I'm not selling my house this week.....I don't care other than to have a nosy at all their old units as I walk past!

lljkk · 04/07/2015 09:35

I'm with you Marrq. Could you rephrase your offer to "Would you like me to get rid of those kitchen units for you? I'll see if they can be sold for anything, even if it's just a tenner which you can have all of. Shame for the units to rot out here going to waste." I think a skip costs a bit less, btw, more like £150 with VAT. Then pay them a tenner if you can't sell the units at all.

There's an eyesore house we walk by on way to school. They often have a skip out front which suddenly gets very filled & taken away without any apparent reduction in total mess (back garden is worse). They lost a child 6 yrs ago & never recovered, so I don't judge them personally if they can't cope, but fact remains that the garden is dirty rubbish-filled chaos. It can't be good for anyone to live in that.

The neighbours dealt with it by putting a huge fence up (the eyesore house owns the boundary, so neighbours had to build fence onto own land).

BlueBananas · 04/07/2015 09:36

But what do you expect a skip to do? It won't cut the grass or trim the bush or pull up the weeds, so I'm lost as to why a skip would be your first suggestion? Confused

Ps £200?! Where do you live? There's a skip sat on my drive right now that was £85!

SoupDragon · 04/07/2015 09:50

And you thought "I know! I shall go and join Mumsnet and whinge about it with faux offendedness

VanillaTwirl · 04/07/2015 09:53

In my area the council take away bulky rubbish items for a small fee - why would you hire a skip for one item?

And yes, continual 'jokes' about something is passive/aggressive and fucking annoying - if you have a problem, come right out and say it - people who pussy foot round things piss me right off.

KERALA1 · 04/07/2015 09:56

Yanbu op ignore the sniping. We lived next door to some ahem challenging neighbours who were housed in a pretty little flat in Central London which within 2 months they transformed into a disgusting shithole (furniture in front yard, garden trashed by Staffordshire "protection" dogs, rubbish everywhere).

Officially "none of my business" but bloody depressing to be confronted with day after day. Did try to raise it with them calmly and non confrontation ally but that didn't go so well...moved in the end for other reasons but lovely to have normal neighbours again!

IgnoreMeEveryOtherReindeerDoes · 04/07/2015 09:58

It could be worse your neighbour could be scary looking on top of bringing the neighbourhood down with their front garden.

That thread got deleted Hmm

Signlake · 04/07/2015 10:38

I wonder if the kitchen unit has been put out to be collected? I don't cut my grass twice a week and it's not messy. I agree with trimming the bushes occasionally but think it's over the top that you mention some weeds poking up through the path. In all honesty I wouldn't have spoken to you either. Doesn't sound like a rubbish tip to me

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