Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Realities Of Living Beneath A Flight Path

You have found your dream house. It’s the house you have always imagined yourself living in, and nothing is going to hold you back from making it your home. At some point in the viewing process, you notice a aircraft flying overhead.

“Is this located on a flight path?” you ask the realtor, who admits it is, then swiftly changes the subject.

You bring up the fact you’d be living beneath air traffic when discussing the home with others. However, no aircraft is going to dissuade you from getting your hands on the keys to the home you have always imagined. It’ll be fine! It’s just planes, and they fly pretty high up, so it’s barely going to bother you!

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Oh, how little you knew.

Whether the above is a situation you have actually experienced or you’re in the process of contemplating a house beneath a flight path, there’s a few things you need to know. If you’re already living there, there’s probably a few coping methods you need to know about - because while living beneath a flight path might not have seemed a big deal at the time of purchase, you know better now. You know that a house that exists beneath the buzz of aircraft is going to introduce some very annoying, and occasionally very weird, things to your life. Such as…

You’ll Need To Modify To Handle Noise

There are a few things you can do to your home to keep the aircraft sound where it belongs - outside. You might want to consider installing aluminium windows to help block the incessant hum of the engines, while double glazing is less of a luxury and more of a necessity.

In the garden, it’s helpful if you look to cultivate large, dense tree growth. This can help muffle the sound, and who knows, might even convince your dog that the aircraft are absolutely not a threat. No promises on that one though. Dogs will be dogs.

Your Dog Is Going To Bark At The Planes

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If you have a pet dog, then life beneath a flight path is going to involve a lot more barking than you ever thought possible. The plane, you see, is a threat. It might be 20,000 feet in the air, but it’s still a threat. That means your dog is going to bark at it. A lot. And there’s pretty much nothing you can do about it, either.

You’ll Get Used To The Noise

Here’s the thing; you’re going to get used to the noise. Really. It might not seem like that in the initial weeks after moving in; you’ll be disturbed all day long, suddenly convinced that your dream house is actually anything but.

However, as time passes, you will absolutely get used to the noise. Your brain will start to filter the sound from “oh my god, listen to this!” and just add it to the normal background noise it tends to filter out. It will happen - you just need to give it time!

Life beneath a flight path isn’t easy to begin with, but stick with it and those irritating aircraft will soon just be part and parcel of the experience of your dream home.

xxo
Kim

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