You may think you have found the perfect plot of land to build a home. It’s spacious, cheap, near a good school district, and has excellent soil for landscaping. However, if it seems too good to be true, it probably is. If you’re looking to build a house, you should always consider external factors that could be problematic after the building process. Occasionally, you hear horror stories about communities being built on top of Native American graveyards, for example. Before building your dream house, you should always consider any nearby structures that could wind up being attributed to pollution, bad odors, excessive noise, or frustrating traffic. Ask around the neighborhood before settling on a plot of land to determine any disadvantages that come with your particular location.
By building your home near a railroad that’s still in use, you’re essentially committing to constant, blaring train horns and the sound of train engines chugging along the course. Trains are loud, and you can often hear them from miles away. Depending on how close you are to the actual track, the passing of trains could potentially be felt from within the house. They may cause a rumbling similar to a small-scale earthquake. For this reason, the foundation of the house could be compromised over time.
Nudist Colonies/Nude Beaches
Be sure not to build your house adjacent to a nudist colony or nude beach, unless you’re extremely comfortable with seeing mainly elderly and otherwise out-of-shape naked bodies on the regular. Nudist spots tend to attract the less fortunate looking folks in society. If you must build your home near one of these naturist locations, building a tall wall on the exterior of your yard should block out any gruesome views. On the plus side, it’s illegal for nudists to leave the community and venture onto commercial or public property without first clothing themselves, so you won’t have to worry about running into them at the local grocery store.
Building your home near a nuclear power plant is generally a bad idea, as any accident that occurs at a power plant could cause catastrophe for you and your home. Many power plants spew dirty, polluted smoke from their towers, which you will be forced to breathe with such close proximity. You could be subject to radiation. Contaminated water could be an issue. Likewise, there’s always the persistent fear of cancer and whether cases of cancer are higher in areas near nuclear power plants, a topic that is regularly debated but not entirely proven.
There’s a reason cattle farms are usually located in the countryside. Not only do the cattle need the acreage to roam and chew their cud, but suburbanites don’t typically flock to live near the smell of cow manure. In fact, living next to a livestock farm can actually have some health implications. In a study compiled by Utrecht University, research found that living near a livestock farm could cause an increase in risks of developing asthma. Cows can be loud, and some farms use the methane from their waste to produce electricity via manure pits, which will compound the smell even further.
According to the US-Citizens Aviation Watch, a myriad of chemicals are expelled from jet planes that can be harmful if not deadly upon exposure. These carcinogenic emissions are not the only cause for concern, however. If you live next to an airport, you are also subjected to a great deal of noise pollution. The prolonged exposure to aircraft noise has been shown to cause health problems on its own, such as stress, high blood pressure, insomnia, and even mental development problems in children. Airports tend to come with a constant flow of traffic, which would become tiresome after a while. Perhaps the only positive aspect of living near an airport would be the ability to get away at any moment’s time, but this certainly isn’t enough to compensate for its many negative aspects.
Living near a body of water, particularly in an area that is technically below sea-level, is extremely foolish. Flooding is not the same as most natural disasters, such as tornadoes or earthquakes, because its trends are extremely predictable. Many people may live in Tornado Alley without ever experiencing a tornado, while those who live in flood plains can expect to be flooded year after year. If you’re going to build your home in this area, at least build your home on a raised foundation to deter some of the water damage from occurring and invest in flood insurance.
Building your home uphill from a stadium may grant you free views of games as they occur, but in most cases, this will prove to be more of a curse than an advantage. Stadiums do not make good neighbors. They emit bright lights, a jeering chorus of mostly drunk spectators, sounds of brass brands at halftime, and calls made out over megaphones much to the chagrin of anyone living in close proximity. Some stadiums shoot off fireworks, while others sound off canon blasts marking important scores. The surrounding neighborhood will be essentially converted into a parking lot prior to each game. You may also become quite irritated with hearing various renditions of the National Anthem on game nights, which will be played over the loud speaker.
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