Railway lines: How to Sell a House near Railway Track

The noise and vibration affect the saleability of properties close to the train tracks.  In this article, we will discuss how you can use being near railway lines as an advantage and sell the property.  There’s another alternative way to sell your property for cash too if you need to move on.

Some buyers aren’t fussed about living next door to a train line as we’ve seen thousands of properties in London.  Elsewhere in the country, buyers are cautious.

Advantages of owning a home near a railway station


  • Not having to commute to the train station and pay for parking is a huge advantage. This can be a great selling point if your potential buyers are office workers in the city.  With High Speed 2 railway project being within a walking distance of train station will be a deciding factor when it comes to searching for a home.
  • Your home could be a trainspotter’s dream.  A train enthusiast won’t mind the trains going by or their horn noise because they enjoy locomotives passing by and keeping a log of them.
Rail lines next to a row of houses
A house near a train station is perfect for trainspotters and city comutters.

Concerns that buyers may have about living next door to a train line

When buying a property, these are some of concerns that a buyer may have:

  • Disturbance from noise and vibration – this varies depending on the type of train service operating on the line(s) and its distance from your property. The noise level, frequency of service including day or night times will be a key consideration for any prospective buyer.  Just like living near a noisy road, living next to a train track isn’t for everyone.
  • It is not unusual to find Japanese knotweed growing at the bottom of garden adjoining the train tracks. Japanese knotweed is an invasive plant that can destroy roots of any building.  The plant was originally introduced to the side of railway tracks to help maintain the stability of the tracks.
  • Excess vibration from high-speed trains could lead to structural movement that is likely to be flagged up on any mortgage valuation.

How to overcome any buyers’ concerns?

Property Saviour specialise in buying any problem property that sellers are unable to dispose off.  We can act quickly and decisively.  Please send us photos of your property, tell us about the condition of your home and how quickly you’d like to achieve a sale.  We promise to do our best to complete the sale within a couple of days.  

It is entirely your choice to use your own solicitor or one that has a great working relationship with our solicitor.  Often a typical solicitor can take several weeks to open a file, take on additional cases without the capacity and introduce delays in conveyancing.  Not an ideal scenario if you need to sell now.

As soon we have received the legal pack from your solicitor, our solicitor will review, finalise any enquiries and complete the purchase.

The price we agree is the price that we pay – meaning there are no deduction.  No estate agents are involved and the sale can be concluded within days.

There no need to delay. If you are looking for a quick sale, we are the ones to trust.  Make an enquiry today or email us.

If you live near to train tracks, near an airport or a motorway, it can devalue a property by as much as 30%.

A study carried out in California found that air quality for families living close to train tracks is so bad that cancer risk is increased 180 times.