Once you locate a home that appears to fit everyone’s needs, take a second look! If you originally viewed the property on a weekend, drive by during weekday rush hour. Check with the local municipal authorities to see if a major highway plan is in the works – one that will produce a backyard oasis of incessant noise. Investigate airport extensions and shopping center improvements. Heavy traffic blaring into your quiet serenity can destroy your solitude.
Consider your outdoor lifestyle. Do you hold family barbecues, enjoy sitting outside, or invite family and friends to vacation with their recreational vehicles in your backyard? In many cases, excessive traffic noise can hamper a quiet conversation by the creek. You may also find out for the first time just how lightly you sleep. There are also the potential toxic fumes leaking from vehicle exhaust. Do you want your children and yourselves breathing this in? It may take only a month or two to realize the grave mistakes you’ve made.