Your home should be a quiet place to relax and spend time with your family and friends. Unfortunately, the noise is not always up to you. Often, it’s determined by your neighbors.
Does your neighbor like to “rev” his new Harley, or obsessively mow his lawn every single day?
Does your neighbor run a machine shop out of her garage, or do her children have screaming tantrums until 4am?
If you answered “Yes” to any of the above, you suffer from Sound Clutter Syndrome (SCS).
When you are looking for a new home, you should make it a point to discover sound clutter before you buy. This can be done through the 7 steps of the Sound Clutter Stakeout™.
Here they are:
Write out a list of the noises that irritate you the most (Shrieking eels, etc.)
Schedule a time when the sounds will be obvious (After work, school, etc.)
Take an hour (or a day)
Get a good book and a snack
Park your car out in front of the prospective house
Roll down the windows (Hopefully it’s not raining)
Now you might be thinking that setting up a sound stakeout seems a bit unusual. But some things you need to experience for yourself. However, to increase your sound clutter knowledge, you can also meet some neighbors and ask them about the other neighbors. Just hope you’re not talking to the one who trims his shrubs with a chainsaw.
In your search for a peaceful area, be sure to remember that there are no perfect neighborhoods. However, if you perform the 7 steps of the Sound Clutter Stakeout™, you’ll be well aware of any sound clutter before you move into your new home.
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