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07-03-2021, 18:42   #1
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Mid terraced houses

Hi there,

I'd like to hear honest opinions on living in a mid terraced house since we are thinking of going for it but because the reason why we are thinking of moving is the neighbours (we live in an apartment at the moment and our nextdoor neighbour is antisocial, upstairs and downstairs are incredibly loud), I'm kind of hesitant having neighbours on both sides.

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07-03-2021, 21:37   #2
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I live in a mid terraced house. Neighbours on both sides have their pros and cons but we don't have any noise issues. It's generally a kind of noisy neighbourhood and to be honest I like that, I get a bit of comfort knowing people are around. No one's too loud anyway.

It's always a risk you'll need to take. If you were in a semi-detached you could still end up with neighbours from hell. If you were in a detached house you could still end up in boundary/parking disputes etc., or you could end up near some other detached house that's always being used as an AirBnB for stags/hens etc. There's always going to be people bordering your property, regardless of whether the walls meet on both sides.

If I'm honest though, I do wish we had side access to the garden, that's the only factor that really bothers me.
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Lived in midterraced house ,for most part it was ok.

Parking was the main issue ,but that was the neighbour tbh.

Bought an end of terrace with a driveway , nextdoor neighbour continually parks about a foot over the driveway entrance, I've to continually ask them to move the car. I don't drive that much so wouldn't be going out every day but it's a pain in the hole.

I wouldn't buy a house without a driveway though.

Neighbours can make or break it regardless of the style.
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I live in a mid terraced house. Prior to this I have lived in a semidetached house which is the house I grew up in. I did not realise the differences moving into mid terrace house would involve.

It is definitely noisier however I think a lot of that depends on (1) the level of construction of the house you buy (I think the sound installation in the house I’ve got is just generally bad) and (2) what your neighbours are like. I have neighbours on both sides of me and one side are definitely louder than the other.

The other thing to consider like someone mentioned above is parking. Outside of my house there is communal parking and no driveways. All the doors open onto the road. Growing up in a semidetached house, I never realised the value of having your own driveway. I always manage to get parking. However it isn’t the same as having your own designated space in your own garden.

Another thing to consider is proximity to your neighbours. In a semidetached house the front doors are usually further apart then with a terraced house. My door is literally right next to my neighbours. If we are coming in and going out at the same time we are literally right beside each other. This generally doesn’t cause a problem however I’ve found you tend to need to stop and engage in smalltalk seeing as you are literally standing right beside the other person. This Might not be an issue for you however it may be something you want to consider.

On the whole however, none of the above issues are major deal breakers for me. I don’t regret buying the house all living here. However if I was to move in the future, I would look to upgrade to a semidetached or detached house.
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Bought my first house in my very early 30's which was an old previous council mid terrace house that was fully renovated and was delighted with my purchase at the time. I am very fortunate that the neighbours to either side of me are elderly and cause no noise disruptions and would like to think they would say the same about me!

The worst it gets for me is that one of my neighbours is deaf in one ear so when he has the tv on he has to have the sound up very loud and the noise can be heard through the walls in my house but thankfully never goes on too late. But it obviously have me conscious that if there were people to live next door to me who were not so considerate and engaged in some anti-social behaviour then the scenario for me could be very different and I would be extremely frustrated.

I have considered the option of sound proofing the walls but have never explored the option with regards getting a quote if anyone has any ideas on this kind of work in a 3 bed mid terrace house? When I take in to consideration that I most likely will look to upgrade my house in another 4/5 years and no noise issues with current neighbours then I dont know if it would be money well spent for me to get some noise proofing works done.

But my next house will be at minimum a end of terrace, semi-detached or ideally detached house and definitely wont be goin mid-terrace. If looking at a potentially mid terrace house I would recommend viewing the area at weekend just to see is there any activities going on that may cause annoyance. But my experience from living in mid-terrace house and it really is just stating the obvious..........but it all all really depends on what type of people and their circumstances your neighbours are living in the houses next door to you and how considerate they are.......... but do expect noise pollution unless all boundary walls are very well constructed and have some element of sound proofing
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We live in a mid-terrace. The noise is fine. You hear shouting at times and doors slamming, but we have two loud kids ourselves, so it's a two-way street.

My biggest grievance is no side entrance to the back garden. we have to bring the bins and lawnmower through the house, which is frustrating, especially when it's wet. A lot of the other neighbours leave the bins out the front now because of it, and I think it looks awful.

For the most part though, living in a mid-terrace is the same as a semi-detached.
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You'd be swapping noise above and below for noise left and right. Can't see how that would be an improvement.
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A lot of the issues here are not actually issues with terraced houses, just specific houses. Like the lack of driveways / front doors right beside each other, this can happen for semi-D as well.

The main one is that anything you want to get from the front of your house to the back, or vice versa, has to go through the house. If construction isn't great you may have noise issues on 2 sides rather than 1 side.
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There is really little that bothers me about living in a terraced house. It can occasionally be a pain bringing stuff through the house, but you get used to that very quickly.

We've not had any major construction work done, but we have had the garden done and a shed installed. Neither was an issue. Our neighbours who are end of terrace have been very kind in allowing us/contractors to use their side passage to access our house when needed (removing a fence panel)

No real issues with noise from either side and both have kids. I won't say we don't hear anything but it is nothing that is disruptive. Security, whilst always something to consider is less of an issue as there is no easy access.
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i live in a terraced house ,i cannot hear any noise from either side,
old houses have thick stone walls .
i was was buying an apartment i would view it in the morning,
evening just to check noise levels.
the problem is most terraced houses, just have on street parking.
apartments vary greatly re levels of sound insulation .
you can have a beautiful hi tech apartment with very low levels of sound insulation.
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Thanks everyone for the comments!
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Our first house was midterrace. It was a nightmare. We could hear everything from both sides - coughing, light switching on and off, dogs, talking, even the couple on one side having sex.

We had a baby and we were so conscious of him crying during the night because we knew the neighbours would be woken up. One night, they banged on our front door at 4am because he was crying.

Any fight or disagreement that we had, we knew the neighbours could hear it. We couldnt play loud music and my husband would avoid playing his guitar in the mornings or evenings.

Also taking the bins through the house all the time was a really nuisance. And on-street parking was a real stress.

We have since moved to a detached house and it made life much easier.
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The thing with your own house is that you can add sound insulation.
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It depends a lot on the house, in my experience. Newer houses have it worse than older ones.

Older houses seem to have it better. But this is true of Semi-D houses, too. Ideally what you want is to look at the layout of the houses. Builders with common sense will lay all the houses out the same, so the front doors/stairs are all on the same side. Meaning no one's bedrooms are adjoining. Unfortunately, most Semi-Ds tend to do a mirror-image thing, which is woeful, and all the bedrooms adjoin. A mid-terrace can be a bit of a wildcard in this regard, so you should keep an eye on that.

I've lived for a long time in an 80s council, all block build (semi D) and our rooms are on the outer-side of the house, meaning silence. I lived recently in a 2010-ish build semi D that did it the other way, and the staircases are at the outer-side, meaning all bedrooms are adjoining. I could hear sex if it was particularly active, the baby cries, doors slamming etc. but it was never too bad.

The problem is it can vary from estate to estate. I was in a vacant house a couple of weeks ago and it was the worst I'd ever heard. I could hear a child walking around the room in the house next door, which was ridiculous.

There's no consistency, but if you're looking at older houses, chances are you'll be somewhat alright.
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I live in a mid terraced house. Prior to this I have lived in a semidetached house which is the house I grew up in. I did not realise the differences moving into mid terrace house would involve.

It is definitely noisier however I think a lot of that depends on (1) the level of construction of the house you buy (I think the sound installation in the house I’ve got is just generally bad) and (2) what your neighbours are like. I have neighbours on both sides of me and one side are definitely louder than the other.

The other thing to consider like someone mentioned above is parking. Outside of my house there is communal parking and no driveways. All the doors open onto the road. Growing up in a semidetached house, I never realised the value of having your own driveway. I always manage to get parking. However it isn’t the same as having your own designated space in your own garden.

Another thing to consider is proximity to your neighbours. In a semidetached house the front doors are usually further apart then with a terraced house. My door is literally right next to my neighbours. If we are coming in and going out at the same time we are literally right beside each other. This generally doesn’t cause a problem however I’ve found you tend to need to stop and engage in smalltalk seeing as you are literally standing right beside the other person. This Might not be an issue for you however it may be something you want to consider.

On the whole however, none of the above issues are major deal breakers for me. I don’t regret buying the house all living here. However if I was to move in the future, I would look to upgrade to a semidetached or detached house.

You see, I'd rather that because if having to chat to my neighbour briefly means that my sitting room and main front bedroom are far from the neighbour's, then it's worth it. The tv can be blasted and the sexy time can be loud as the houses are joined at the hallwayss and not the at the sitting rooms/bedrooms.

i.e. This
https://www.daft.ie/new-home-for-sal...icklow/2838088

is better than

this
https://www.daft.ie/new-home-for-sal...ildare/1398811
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