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Selling a House on Noisy Road?

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We may have a solution if you are worried about selling your house on a noisy road. 

Regret buying a house on a busy street?

In this guide, we will reveal practical steps you can implement to increase your chances of a quick sale.  We will also discuss an alternative option of selling to a cash house-buying company if you do not have the time, inclination or money to make the upgrades.

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Why can a noisy road can affect the sale of your home?

You probably regret buying a house on a busy street.  Noisy roads are the main commuter roads within busy cities and towns. 

Naturally, they generate a lot of traffic with pedestrians, motorists, and cyclists.  The constant noise of traffic horns, emergency sirens speeding by, dangerous fumes and dust can put off most buyers. 

The combined effect can be overwhelming for the residents who must deal with increased levels of noise and constant pollution during rush hours.  Families with young children or pets prefer to live away from the main roads because of safety concerns.

Nearby train stations or tram stations can also generate plenty of noise, and buyers would consider your home to be in a noisy street.

The primary concern that potential buyers will have is if they love your house, are they likely to struggle to sell it in future?  If they are first-time buyers, this could be their first property investment as they intend to buy a bigger property in the future. 

Highways England have a useful database of all major roads that you should look at to see if your property is near a busy road.

Traffic jam: Lots of cars on a busy road
Living near a busy road can cause long term breathing difficulties and lung damage because of dangerous fumes.

Is it hard to sell a house on a busy street?

Compared with a rural property, selling a house or a flat on a noisy road can be more difficult to sell.  You will have to consider triple-glazing your windows and soundproofing your walls to cancel out the noise that invades your home. 

There’s no guarantee that you can completely cancel the noise even after making a substantial investment into your home.  This unpleasant living experience can deter buyers. 

If your estate agent has arranged a viewing, any prospective buyers may decide against buying if they hear a lot of street noise.

How much does a busy road devalue a house?

Busy roads affect between 10-20% of the value of a home and in some cases, as much as up to 40% on very busy roads such as those close to dual carriageways or motorways.

How to sell a house on a busy street?

If your house or flat is stuck on the market with very little interest or you are thinking of selling, there are several steps you can take to minimise the noise levels and make your property more attractive.  These include:

  1. Consider upgrading your windows to soundproof against the noise. Consider triple glazing with a thicker glass if you already have double glazing.  You will need a specialist soundproofing expert to advise you on whether your existing windows can be upgraded and associated costs.
  2. Install composite doors, as they are great for cancelling out noise and offering better protection from burglars. These are made of wood, steel, and plastic; however, you should consider opting for wood and steel and expect to be around £1,000 per door.
  3. Consider upgrading internal doors to solid wood doors to prevent noise from spreading through the house. Most internal doors are hollow in the middle, and you’ll notice how a solid door will make all the difference in your home when it comes to sound travelling.
  4. Install trees, walls or fences that can help dampen exterior noise. Tall trees, fences and walls can help absorb external sounds.  Like all these steps, you will need to spend money and time with the end goal of being able to make your home more attractive to any interested buyer.

Is there any alternative option for selling my home on a busy road?

You could sell your home to Property Saviour.  We buy any property in any condition, so you do not need to spend tens of thousands of pounds on upgrading your property. 

We have bought properties on busy roads, and this does not put us off. We can make you a cash offer and aim to complete the purchase within 2-3 weeks.

There are no estate agent’s fees to pay.  You will be dealing with professional cash buyers directly.  We will cover £1,500 of your legal fees too.  We are trusted by homeowners who have left us with their genuine five-star reviews.

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