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Soundproofing from noisy neighbour will increase your property’s rental appeal

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One of the most searched for topics across the Landlord Library is noise pollution and how to deal with it and with this in mind, leading lettings platform, Howsy, has revealed what noises cause the biggest impact and how to protect against them.

Neighbours playing loud music or socialising late at night is the number one most hated cause of noise pollution amongst UK tenants, closely followed by road traffic, noise from animals such as dogs, cats or foxes and neighbours arguing – according to a survey of 1,000 UK tenants.

What can you do about it?

You don’t have to suffer in silence and there are plenty of cost-effective tips that both you and your landlord can carry out to ensure maximum peace and quite within your home.  

Perhaps obviously, start structurally. Use filler to address any holes or cracks in your walls with a particular focus around things like window frames or other breaks in the wall such as sockets.

It may look nice, but wooden flooring can be one of the main issues when it comes to noise pollution, particularly if you rent out a flat with neighbours below. While a new floor might not be necessary, sorting out any creaky floorboards can make more of a difference than you might think when it comes to cutting out noise pollution.

Now check out your doors. All too often, cheap doors aren’t soundproof and can be replaced by something a bit more substantial where materials are concerned. Once you’ve fixed your new door in place, one handy tip is to bolster your soundproofing with weathering strips which will also make your home more energy-efficient.  

Now your doors are sorted, what about your windows? Not the most cost-effective method but replacing old or damaged windows with double or triple paned PVC can work wonders for noise pollution – even a good quality wooden frame will reduce noise dramatically.  

From fibreglass to insulation foam or ceiling panels and everything in between, insulating your home doesn’t just help keep you warm in the winter, it cuts out a lot of noise.

It’s within your best interests as a landlord to make sure your property is not only fit for purpose but is appealing as possible for tenants while also doing your bit for the planet and your pocket.

However, there are additional things you can recommend to your tenants that can also make a difference and these range from simple touches such as heavy-duty curtains to help down out the outsides world or a similarly robust rug to cover wood flooring and protect from the noises below. 

Rearranging the furniture is also a smart way of minimising noise pollution and putting larger items such as a big book case or cabinet against the sharing wall will help add another layer. Another smart trick is to always position your tv on or by a shared wall as this will at least drown out any noisy neighbours while it’s on. Even a large picture or mirror will play its part and so considering layout is a small but smart step to help reduce noise pollution.

Of course, if the noise issue is the tenant themselves, Howsy has some further advice on how to deal with the situation here.

Founder and CEO of Howsy, Calum Brannan, commented:

“When it comes to the tenant-landlord relationship, it’s often the small things that can go a long way and helping to soundproof your property, even with the smallest of touches, can really improve your tenant’s quality of life.

Of course, there is always work that can be done to improve a property, but you certainly don’t have to break the bank and there is a whole host of innovative tips that you can suggest and that will cost nothing to do.  

Not only will you have a happier tenant for doing so, but you’ll have increased your property’s rental appeal which will make it more attractive if or when does return to the market.”

What is the worst form of noise pollution that impacts you when living at home?
Answer Percentage
Neighbour’s playing music or socialising late at night 33
Road traffic 19
A dog barking or cat/fox fighting 19
Your Neighbour’s arguing 9
People passing by outside my window 8
Neighbour’s nocturnal activities 6
Air traffic 4
Trains passing by 2

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Modern-day amenities show London new build price premium is worth every penny

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London’s new build sector is continuing to evolve to offer more in-house services and amenities to the capital’s buyers in an attempt to battle Brexit uncertainty and beat the competition. But with the higher purchase price compared to existing stock in the market, are these added extras worth the money? Research by new build specialists, Stone Real Estate, has taken a look.  

Stone Real Estate looked at the annual cost of eight of the most common and sought after new build amenities regularly included in London developments today, and how this cost stacks up compared to the difference in price between the average new build property and the average cost of existing stock.

According to the latest Land Registry data, the gulf between new builds and existing homes in London is currently £26,691.

Are they worth an additional £27k? Well, many new builds developments now come with a resident’s lounge and while London is home to some very expensive spaces to work and relax, even the most affordable private members club will set you back £150 a year.  

It’s becoming more common that new build developments in the capital now offer free Wifi, an amenity in constant use in this day and age and a cost that would otherwise cost you £376 a year.

Whether you use it regularly or kid yourself and only use it once a week, a free to use gym in your new build development can save you as much as £462 in membership fees over the space of a year.

While you may use them far less regularly, paying for your own concierge service for just one hour a week would cost £472 a year, while going to the cinema just once a week would cost £600 a year. Even the cost of paying for additional storage that now comes as standard with many new builds could total £692 a year. 

Perhaps the two most sought after and expensive amenities included in today’s new builds are a creche and a parking space and it’s easy to see why as paying for this separately can cost over £2,000 a year each.  

All in all, just the cost of these eight services and amenities can total more than £7,000 a year! 

Based on the cost of the average London new build, it would take new build homebuyers in the capital just 3.8 years to recoup the difference in house prices through the use of the additional amenities a development might offer.

This, of course, varies across London, and while it would take almost 20 years in Redbridge, it would take less than a year in Southwark or Wandsworth, and in fact, there are a total of 14 London boroughs where the average new build house price is lower than existing stock and so buyers are benefiting from this value straight off the bat.  

Founder and CEO of Stone Real Estate, Michael Stone, commented: 

“Buying new isn’t just beneficial in terms of the standard of home your buying, which in itself is arguably worth the premium, it’s also about the wide range of benefits that now come with a modern-day development.  

While not every development will offer the same incentives, they will all include additional draws above and beyond the property itself that enhance the life of a London home buyer in some shape or form. It can be as simple as a transactional incentive such as paid stamp duty, or a lifestyle benefit like a free on-site gym, creche or even a more traditional benefit such as a parking space.

Some of these benefits may sound insignificant in terms of cost, but once you start to add them all up, your paying quite a substantial amount of money and so to have these already taken care of under one roof is something that buyers really go for in today’s market. After all, it’s not just about cost-saving, but convenience and ease of lifestyle as well.” 

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