Cut through the noise: how to sell a house with traffic noise

by Housesimple on 5th May 2016

There are many selling points that can encourage buyers to snap up your home – but there can be potentially challenging aspects, too. Traffic noise is one, and while most of us think of persistent road noise as the main turn off for potential buyers, trains and planes can be just as discouraging. The different types of traffic noise that can affect buyers' perceptions of your home are:

 

  • Road noise: road traffic noise is usually constant, and while this can be irritating, it’s easier to tune out to this kind of noise than sporadic bursts of sound.
  • Train lines: the frequency of trains affects the level of disruption, as do the use of horns and the speed of trains as they pass.
  • Flight paths: homes with outside areas suffer most from plane noise. Some buyers may prefer to forgo a garden than pay for a noisy one.

 

Manage noise during viewings

In reality, most of us become accustomed to ambient noise over time. However, potential buyers will be more aware of any noise, as they're hearing it for the first time. So, it's worth taking steps to minimise potential disturbances when selling your home

  • Make sure windows and outside doors are closed during viewings.
  • Schedule viewings at times when you notice the noise is quieter or less frequent.
  • Double glazing helps reduce outside noise and can also raise the value of your home, making it a worthwhile investment.
  • Fence panels or garden walls that are tall, dense and solid can provide a dampening effect for road and train noise.

Spin the positives

While traffic noise can reduce the appeal of your home for some buyers, you may be able to regain their interest by highlighting the fact that your home is close to excellent transport links. Pitching these advantages before your buyer hears the noise may help to lower its influence on their overall impression of your home.

Don’t ignore it

Finally, buyers will be discouraged if you ignore the noise altogether – and may wonder if there’s anything else you’re trying to conceal. If you found the noise a problem to begin with, level with them. This may be your best chance of persuading them it doesn’t have to be a deal breaker.