So, you’ve done it! You’ve finally purchased your own property, or have been approved for the mortgage, and now you’re all moved in, ready to begin your new life with bombastic excitement. Except there’s just one problem. You have experienced, within the first few days or weeks of moving in, that there are many home annoyances cropping up that are either avoidable, were neglected and unmentioned by your property agent, or have simply naturally sprung up as a result of living in a populated area.
What follows is a list of the annoyances you might experience, and how to combat them.
Unfortunately, noise pollution is a commonly experienced ill that hurts the emotional experience of anyone living near it. Over time, noise pollution can wear you down, and turn the property you should enjoy living in to one of a complete nuisance. Unfortunately, pollution from a road or local populated area cannot be avoided, and cannot be limited. The best you can do is close a window at night, sleep with earplugs and visit potential properties at peak traffic times to ascertain how noisy it is. However, if the problem lies with your neighbors, then you do have some course of action to rectify it.
Noise nuisance is defined as unreasonable, excessive and sustained periods of irritation, especially those that are of a prolonged nature. Cupboards slamming, washing machines and children are noises that should be accepted and expected, but only if they occur within daytime hours and are not excessive. However, some noises, such as excessively loud televisions, radios, music or any other form of electronic noise, or simply shouting and loud parties that happen frequently, could and should be reported to your local authority.
These government departments usually have access to visit the homes of those you report, and will keep your information confidentially. They will ask the offender to politely reduce the noise, but if it continues will use more stringent measures to overcome the issue. It serves to record noise for evidence, especially that found late at night. Over time, you will find that the annoyance should be resolved.
As soon as you set up a new phone landline, or even begin a new home mobile contract at the new address, you will be a victim of cold-calling. If you work from home and have your landline registered as a business number, this will only increase in volume. This can be a real problem. Not only do these cold calls feel like an intrusion into your property, but over time the volume of them can make it difficult to weed out the genuine calls from the fake ones, and worst of all, they waste your time.
Despite being a genuinely reasonable and sometimes successful business method to enhance sales and marketing potential, they can be annoying to the intended recipient. To overcome these issues, you should list your landline as being ‘opted out’ of cold calling access – you should be able to do this through your provider. This means that if you are cold-called, and you’ll be able to tell by visiting the number online, such as through the 800 Area Code listings, the cold-caller will be directly breaking the law in order to contact you. You will be able to report this to your access provider, or in the worst instance, the non-emergency line of your local police network.
Keep on top of these solutions for both of these annoyances, which are sure to spring up for many of you entering a new property.