Love Your Home, Hate The Location?
You can change a home, but you can’t change its location. As a result, a bad location can often be a reason for moving. But what if you love every other aspect of your home? This can put many people in a dilemma. Below are just a few tips on some of the ways you may be able to deal with a bad location without having to move to a new home.
If you live near a busy road, an airport or another source of noise, you could find that the noise levels start to make life quite uncomfortable (especially if the noise continues throughout the night). A solution to this could be to find ways of soundproofing your home – replacing doors, replacing windows and insulating your home can all make a big difference. This guide to soundproofing a home offers a few great tips.
High crime rate
If you live in a high crime area, you need to weigh up whether you or your family truly feel safe – moving could be the best option if you have kids. Alternatively, you could consider investing in stringent security measures. Security cameras, anti-climb fencing and ‘beware of the dog’ signs (regardless of whether you’ve got a dog) are some of the best deterrents. A home security system could also be worth installing in case someone still attempts a break-in. A home security audit could be worth arranging to work out exactly which improvements your home could benefit from.
Nightmare neighbors can be a common motive for moving – you may otherwise like the area, in which case you may be able to hire a local moving company and relocate somewhere else within the same area. However, if you really don’t want to move, it may be a case of complaining to your local council or negotiating directly with your neighbors until changes are made. There are solicitors that specialize in neighbor disputes – consider whether it’s worth getting their support.
Some locations can be prone to natural disasters such as flooding, earthquakes, hurricanes, tornadoes and sinkholes. There may be structural improvements that you can invest in to protect your home from these natural disasters such flood-proofing or seismic upgrades. This could be a better option than potentially having to make a long-distance move.
Things you can’t change…
There are some aspects of your location that you may not be able to change such as ugly surroundings, poor parking or limited local opportunities (such as limited work, school or shopping options). You may be able to work with your local council to make improvements to the area and possibly petition for/against future projects. However, without a lot of influence, there may be only so much you can achieve. Decide whether you can truly live with these issues – having to fight for parking spaces might be a mild inconvenience, while not being able to find work locally might be more of a major location issue.
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