Lifestyle Block Living Without Smells and Noises

February 2nd, 2017

Isn’t it always a case of the grass is greener on the other side of the fence? Townies are showing increasing interest in selling up and moving to a lifestyle block. Country living offers benefits including fresh air, more space and quiet living. What could be better? Yet what we don’t consider is the unwanted smells and noises rural locations welcome newcomers with.

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How to enjoy a lifestyle block without the smells and noises

Buses, sirens, car alarms and loud music. The solution to avoiding these noises has led many homeowners looking to purchase a lifestyle block in the country. Green grass, fewer neighbours, farm animals to look at – what could be better?

Farm animals make noises whenever it suits them. While this can be disturbing for newcomers, with time they often begin to blend into the background unnoticed. Farm machinery can go at all hours of the day and night too. Farmers are often in the fields when the weather is great or if they must get a job done immediately. Weekends are not normally days of rest. Milking sheds operate early in the morning, with their tanks often having noisy generators running. Heavy machinery is operated regularly and all manner of large vehicles visit farms regularly.

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Tips on purchasing your lifestyle block

Many new lifestyle block owners are discovering that the everyday noises and smells from their rural neighbours are more offensive than those in the city. Called reverse sensitivity, this has led to many complaints being made to local Councils, as well as harsh words between neighbours. Thankfully it is possible to have your patch of land smell and noise free with careful planning and implementation:

  • Due diligence – before purchasing a lifestyle block, check with your council. Are industrial or farming properties around you? Do they have any restrictions on how they operate? Have there been any complaints in the past about them?
  • Resource Management Act – find out what planning has been done to minimise noise and smell to neighbours. Things such as building placement, landscaping requirements, approved activities and zoning restrictions.
  • Home renovations – if you have an existing home on a rural block, undertaking a renovation is one way to reduce unwanted noise and smells. Soundproofing walls using insulation or double glazed windows works well. Installing ventilation systems to bring clean air into your home from unaffected areas around your home is another.
  • Landscaping – screening your property with natural or man-made landscaping features is also effective. Fencing can give you privacy and together with densely planted trees or hedges, noise is reduced too. White noise in the form of outdoor water features also works well.

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