When you started your home search, you diligently put together your dream home checklist. You’ve probably researched the schools and amenities near each house, among other items. But did you have a box for noise pollution?
Not sure what noise pollution is? According to the EPA, “Noise is unwanted or disturbing sound…when it either interferes with normal activities such as sleeping, conversation, or disrupts or diminishes one’s quality of life” With many neighborhoods surrounding our local airports and bases, it’s not an uncommon term in San Diego. We also have our fair share of busy freeways with homes situated directly above or adjacent to these noisemakers.
Depending on your current lifestyle, you may be “noise blind” to certain sounds. If you’ve lived in a home above a freeway for many years, the sound may have little impact on you. To others, that same sound may bother them when they try to sleep at night, making earplugs a nighttime necessity.
Framed like that, it seems subjective. But there are standardized measurements that can be used to evaluate noise pollution, such a decibels or the day-night average sound level– the average noise level over a 24-hour period. This is the standard the FAA uses to measure airports’ impact on surrounding communities. The U.S. Bureau of Transportation Statistics has an online National Transportation Noise Map to show our country’s loudest neighborhoods if you are feeling curious!
Do Your Due Diligence
When it comes to noise pollution, you’ll want to do your own investigating. Visit the neighborhood at different times of the day. If you happen to work from a home office, being next to a school with a large playground may become distracting. It’s also worth visiting the neighborhood while any nearby live music shows are happening.
What about My House?
The good news is that noise pollution doesn’t always mean a negative impact on your home’s value. If you are located in Bankers Hill right next to the San Diego International Airport, or situated in Bay Park above the I-5 freeway, plenty of buyers are on the market to call those areas home.
An experienced REALTOR® can help guide you on selling your home if the house is suffering from noise pollution. There are plenty of sound proofing options available to homeowners, ranging from sound proof windows to sound blocking doors.
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