Our latest research shows that homebuyers take noise pollution very seriously when it comes to buying their dream home.
Other noise sources that homebuyers say would deter them completely from buying their dream property include airports (54%), motorways (48%), an airport flight path (45%), electricity pylons (40%) and a train mainline (36%). 38% of homebuyers also say noise levels from an A-road would make them reconsider the purchase.
Homebuyers over 55-years-old were the most likely to opt out of buying their dream property in every category, while under 35-year-olds saw noise as less of an influence when it comes to buying. This group ranked bottom in all but two categories: airports (50%) and restaurants (32%).
Social butterflies may think living in close proximity to a bar, pub or nightclub would be a good idea. However, when it comes to buying a dream home, a staggering 55% of homebuyers said that the noise from one of these hangouts would lead them to abandon their purchase. Almost half of 18 to 34-year-olds (45%) admitted they wouldn’t purchase a property impacted by this kind of noise.
As well as noise levels putting off buyers, other factors that come with busy bars, pubs or nightclubs could potentially be a turn off when it comes to living near these establishments. Anti-social behaviour from customers, as well as excess litter, could also contribute to an uncomfortable environment and affect the homebuyer’s decision to purchase their dream property.
While certain home improvements and renovation work can soften the impact of noise, you still have to be willing to make a compromise on the quality of your home life. Ultimately, noise is a factor that people either can or can’t live with.
With noise levels from bars, pubs and nightclubs proving the biggest turn off for homeowners when it comes to buying their dream home, paying for noise reduction methods could be a real game changer for sellers. Acoustic insulation solutions such as soundproof curtains are perfect for these noise issues, as they are likely to be used in the late evening and at night. Having a sound blocking door fitting could be another option to help remove the risk of noise affecting your home.
Motorways were among the top influencers when it comes to buying a dream home, with 92% of homeowners saying they would reconsider and almost half saying they definitely wouldn’t buy their dream home due to resulting noise levels (48%). Just 8% of homeowners said motorways wouldn’t influence their decision to buy.
If you’re part of the 8% who would be willing to buy near a motorway, double glazing replacement can make a big difference when it comes to reducing noise levels. A qualified trade professional can help to install and replace glass window panels to ensure maximum protection from traffic noise.
Airports were a close second on the list of noise pollutants that would affect a homebuyers’s decision to purchase their dream property, with 91% saying they would be influenced and over half (54%) saying noise levels from an airport would put them off completely. Only 9% of homebuyers said they would look beyond the noise levels and purchase the property of their dreams even if it was near an airport.
While completely blocking out noise from an airport may be impossible, there are some nifty tricks that can help soften the blow. Acoustic insulation solutions such as ceiling panels are one option, as is insulation in your walls to help block out the sounds of planes taking off and landing. A builder or structural engineer will be able to advise you on the most effective soundproofing methods for your walls and ceilings.
While noise levels from airport flight paths may vary depending on the location of the property within the path, there are many effective home improvements which can reduce the resulting disruption. A local carpet fitter will tell you carpeting is super effective at absorbing excess noise - as well as feeling plush and adding an extra layer of comfort to your home. Ensure that you book a qualified trade professional for your carpet fitting, as any gaps or wonky edges could render your efforts moot.
Disruption from a train mainline can also come in the form of physical vibrations, which can create an uncomfortable living environment. For those not keen on expensive solutions, acoustic art could be the answer. Special boards designed to absorb excess sound and vibrations can be hung on walls to reduce the disruption while also adding decoration to the home. It may be worth consulting a local handyman to decide where best to place your art for maximum impact.
If your dream property comes with a garden, this can be optimised to help reduce noise levels from restaurants. Bamboo can be a great sound blocker, and it will also mask excess noise when swishing in the breeze. Other plants and trees can also work well to reduce sounds from nearby restaurants. Make sure to consult a local gardener before you start planting, so that you can be sure your helpful plants will also be able to thrive in your garden.
Fiona enjoys spending time browsing Ikea show rooms for design and layout inspiration, as well as clever space saving hacks. She has a real love for beautiful home decor!