The Biggest Thing To Affect Your Quality Of Life In A New Home
What’s the biggest thing that will affect your enjoyment of your new home? The kitchen? The garden? The location? No – the answer is, ‘your neighbours’.
Neighbourly disputes result in a staggering 360,000 families moving home each year. Factors as varied as redevelopment, aggression, fear and boundary arguments drive thousands of people to relocate every year.
So, if you are considering moving home, you should check out your potential neighbours first.
A recent high profile case saw Nigella Lawson and Charles Saatchi put their home on the market after an ongoing altercation with their neighbours. However, the most common complaint that people have about their neighbours is noise.
The Independent reports that ‘the past 20 years have seen a soaring number of complaints about domestic noise to environmental health officers…and while much of this may be down to our increased awareness of our right to complain, the problem of nuisance noise is endemic – despite the threat of £5,000 fines and prosecution for the worst offenders.’
Check out your neighbours before you move
A leading estate agent, Ed Mead, believes that buyers should try and check out their neighbours before committing to a property purchase. “The single biggest thing that’s going to affect your quality of life in a new home is the behaviour of your neighbours. But it’s the one thing you’re utterly powerless over – so you have to ameliorate that problem to the biggest extent you can, while acknowledging that you’re not really going to have a proper idea of what they’re like until after you move in.
“As part of your strategy you should go and spend time there on a Saturday afternoon or a Friday evening, just walking around the area. But I know from experience that less that 5 per cent of people will actually bother doing that kind of thing.”