No one knows what a safe number is and what level is dangerous. There is good epidemiologic evidence linking power lines to some cancers, particularly childhood cancers. However because the end point is rare even in the exposed group there is not enough power in any particular study to establish a safe cut off point.
In fact no one has ever attempted to deduce a safe and unsafe level of exposure. All anyone knows is that living close to power lines in childhood increases your risk of cancer. Thanks Realtards for your input. Why dont you stay out of scientific discussion and go back and get your data straight about home sales over the past 5 years.
In regards to the resale question, sure it will hold sway with some buyers. Just had a buyer decide not to buy a property because of power lines. It was 6 or 7 houses down the street, across a main road and then partway into a farm area. Not quite out of site, but pretty far so although few buyers would have had an issue with it, these particular ones did .... I didn't necessarily agree with it.. but hey the customer is the focus, not my opinion.
In regards to the health issue... contact the utility, they may have test results on hand or I've also had a friend that bought in NH have them perform a test for electromagnetic levels in the yard + house. In that instance ( which was again, in NH ) they did it for free and it gave them a comfort level and they bought the house.
Success! Real Estate â€“ Mikel DeFrancesco
Real Estate in Massachusetts
Is this a home you are considering buying? My best advice in this case is that if bothers you today (and I'm sensing that it does because you reached out with concerns) that it's always going to be in the back of your mind. Health, statistics, studies aside...will you be happy with your family in the house?
I'm a "remote realtor" but I'll offer my opinion anyway. We are not scientists, doctors or health experts. When we say anything outside of our licensing or expertise we risk being sued.
We can comment on the fact that there are questions regarding this issue and the future pool of buyers will be dramatically reduced by people who have strong feelings about the subject.
Until science definitively states that there are or are not health issues, I only concern myself with resale issues, which means a longer than average market time and lower appreciation than other non affected homes.
This is a common issue across the country. Best of luck however you decide.
The concerns for high power lines are as much relative to the current health and physiology of the occupants, as it is to anything else.
If you are asking the questions, the house is not for you.
There are enough properties on the market to find a great house. There are 151 properties for sale in Westborough. There are more that are available to buy that are not currently active, but that local agents know about.
A good broker will know how to find them.
There is no risk if you spend 100% of time in the house. The structure is protective. Similarly if you put your microwave on time = infinite and stayed in your kitchen this would not be good for your health.
The risk is dose related, so a microwave running on avg 3 mins a day is OK, etc.
The problem is that your yard or property is at risk. If one spends a lot of time in the yard over the years (such as kids playing in the backyard) there is an increased risk.
Very close you can literally hear the hum in the backyard, within 100 ft.
Could I have not been any clearer. Please do not post again. Dont want to open the barn door for random pointless posts from realtors across the country.
Draper G, Vincent T, Kroll ME, Swanson J.
SourceChildhood Cancer Research Group, University of Oxford, Oxford OX2 6HJ. email@example.com
Many, many other studies also support the link of electromagnetic energy to cancer.
Any other questions?
THERE ARE. DEFINITELY LINKED TO CHILDHOOD LEUKEMIA AND OTHER CANCERS. VOLTAGE LINES EMIT ELECTROMAGNETIC ENERGY STRONG ENOUGH TO BREAK DNA AND IN RARE CASE INDUCE CANCER. THE RISK DROPS IN A LOGARITHMIC FASHION WITH INCREASING DISTANCE, SO THE HOUSE ADJACENT WILL HAVE SOME RISK AND THE VERY NEXT HOUSE MAY HAVE NO RISK AT ALL.
Issues with resell?
YES SEE ABOVE
Can a neighborhood successfully petition a town to relocate or bury them?
NOT LIKELY. THE POWER LINES WHERE PROBABLY THERE FIRST AND I AM SURE THE LOT WAS TECHNICALLY DEVELOPED WITHIN THE PROPER GUIDELINES. IF YOU BUY THIS PROPERTY YOU'RE STUCK WITH THE PROBLEM.
Hope this helps. I do cancer research for a living
As an FYI, my office sits near these lines. Ive been here 10 years for 6-10 hours/day during the week with no issues.
The easements that allow the towers and wire to be there would override any individual or town's cry to bury or move them.