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Seller, Home Seller in 28403

My home backs up to a noisy street and we have had no offers. Would it be better to add a fence to try to reduce noise or better to drop the price?

Asked by Seller, 28403 Mon Aug 9, 2010

Any advice for trying to sell a house on a noisy street in Wilmington NC?

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It is hard to tell without seeing the property, the neighbors' properties, how much noise and what kind, and is there any visual of the noisy street, you are not talking about a highway....right
So potentially, putting in a nice big fountain, and have some inside outside music going for showings
should really help.... and birdfeeders will attract a lot of singing chirping birds

and setting up the backyard in a way that it looks like your are using it all the time.... If the new buyers
see that you are out there, with a nice table and chairs and a lovely bright colored large Umbrella and beautiful blooming flower pots surrounding the area.... just make the outdoor space look inviting...

and discuss with your Realtor if you should offer something to the buyer for installing a fence, get an estimate
for a fence in the back towards the noisy road.....

Hope that helps a bit...
Your Chicago and Northern Illinois Expert
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Aug 10, 2010
Hi Seller. A few months ago I saw a great episode on HGTV about adding a fountain to your back yard. I can't find the exact video, but this is always a good idea for a home improvement. Water always adds value, the sound of a fountain will help white-out traffic noise and it's beautiful surrounded by bamboo in the yard.

Here's a link for some ideas: http://www.hgtv.com/search/results.do?hgSearchString=fountai…


Scott Miller, Realty Associates, Boca Raton, FL
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Aug 10, 2010
Had one like this on Masonboro Loop Road but it had a fence. Home/yard was gorgeous and well taken care of....we would up reducing the price until found the equilibrium. This was during the more significant slide down in market pricing. We wound up having to reduce the price lower than wanted. The problem was with so much inventory buyers were just passing on it and looking in competitive neighborhoods.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Aug 9, 2010
It really depends on where it is and what it is currently priced at. If that is the norm for your neighborhood or location then the price may be the best option. However, a fence and some additional landscaping may be a must if you have a lot of competition without streets behind. However, in this case you may need to reduce price as well. My videos have a lot of helpful seller tips http://www.JessicasVideoBlog.com and please call me if I can help you in any other way.

Jessica Riffle Edwards
Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Realty
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Aug 9, 2010
A couple of less expensive suggestions include adding a fountain (always running when the home is being viewed by home buyers), playing some nice easy music like jazz or classical music in the backyard (if feasible). A home that sold recently -- and sat above the freeway -- had some excellent dual pane windows that really cut down on the noise by keeping the back windows closed and leaving the front windows open during showings and open houses. The return on investment was excellent because the windows added to the value of the house and provided a benefit in energy costs and noise reduction. Good luck!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Aug 9, 2010
Ultimately would be best to do both the fence and price reduction if that is feasible. Otherwise, do a fence and some Leyland Cypress and offer to pay some closing costs to buyers in
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