Ways To Deal With Suburbia Encroaching On Your Property

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In some areas of the United States, suburbs have practically engulfed a number of small towns. Loudoun County, Virginia, for example, was home to approximately 87,000 people in 1990. That figure jumped to 315,000 in 2010, and people are still flocking to the once rural county. If you have lived in one of these fast-growing counties for many years, you have probably watched the quality of your life improve in some ways, but also deteriorate in a number of others. For example, traffic and its accompanying noise and pollution has probably increased dramatically. Unfortunately, you are not in a position to move from your longtime residence. So what should you do?

Change Your Windows

If the quiet country road outside your home has gradually become a major traffic route, your home may no longer be a peaceful haven, especially if it has older single-pane windows. In order to improve the quality of your life, you may want to consider replacing your old single panes with double-pane windows. Talk with a window glass replacement service from a site like http://www.randkaz.com to discuss what type of windows would work best for reducing the noises that are entering your home. 

Build Good Fences

In the past, your pets and other animals may have been able to roam freely. But as suburbs encroach on your living space, this may no longer be possible.  For instance, your canines could get hit by the increasing traffic or wander over to a new home and get in a dog fight. And if you have chickens, stray cats and dogs from new homes could wander on your property and kill them. Unfortunately, your best bet for keeping your pets and livestock safe may be to build strong fences to keep them on your property and other animals out. 

Put Up "No Soliciting" Signs.

At first, you found it cute when children came knocking on your door selling their cookies, wrapping paper and other goods. After spending hundreds, possibly even thousands of dollars on goods you really don't need, you've finally come to the conclusion that you can no longer afford to buy all of these products from your neighbors. If so, consider posting "No Soliciting" signs on your property. While it may not keep everyone away, it could stop the majority of people from knocking on your door. 

Dig a Deeper Well

A problem that some once rural residents have been facing is a sudden lack of water. Why? In many areas of the United States, large McMansions have sprung up in areas that depend on well water. Often, these large homes are bought by people used to living with city-provided water, not well water. These people then continue to water their large lawns and wash their cars as if they were on city water. Unfortunately, this huge demand can lower the water table and force old-time residents to drill deeper to get their well water. If this is happening in your area, you may want to:

  • Speak with the local homeowner's associations in your area about the situation. They may be able to send out an alert to their residents to limit their water use.
  • Talk to county officials about the problem. If your area is suffering through a drought, they may consider putting mandatory limits on watering lawns or washing cars.

Of course, it's not all doom and gloom when suburbs suddenly sprout up. For example, you could always ask a nearby homeowner's association if you could pay a fee to use their swimming pools and other facilities. Some associations are willing to do so as a way of extending an olive branch to old-time residents who have had to deal with the many changes in their lifestyles that all of their new homes have created. 

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