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An unpleasant discovery

An unpleasant discovery - Thomas Kellam

When I moved to Toronto, I imagined that I would be able to enjoy the benefits of living in a quieter neighbourhood. I dreamt that I would make friends among my neighbours and that I would take my kids more often to the park than before.

It turned out that being the owner of a semi-detached townhouse was not as wonderful as I hoped it would be. The noise coming from the highway is quite disturbing, especially at night. Also during the day, I can hear all the noise coming from the two warehouses located one block away. There are right behind our house. All that separates us from their big parking lot is a line of trees meant to work as a sound barrier. 

Whenever a truck arrives there, I know it. With my windows opened, I can ever hear everything: from the conversation of the truck drivers to the sounds made by the release of the brakes. Luckily I am not working from home. I do not know what I would have done if I had to stay at home twenty four hours. The noise would have been unbearable.

The good thing in all this is that only the master bedroom is positioned towards the backyard. Which means only my wife and I suffer. The girls’ bedrooms are downstairs and their windows are facing our street, where is no traffic at all.

I would have not ever considered buying this house if I knew how noisy it gets in here. Problem is I got a fixed mortgage for five years. If I decide to sell the house and break the mortgage before the end of this term, I would have to pay a lot of money in penalties. Not to mention I can’t afford it for the moment. And also, just got a new alarm system GTA install.

Looks like we are stuck in here for another two years. I spoke with one of my friends who is a real estate agent about it and he said that my only option was to try selling the house for a higher price.

Obviously that implied having some renovations done as well, which I can’t afford either. Thus I postponed putting the house on the market until next year. Hopefully we will be able to save some money and make the renovations and changes he suggested. Until then, all I could do is get some industrial ear plugs in order to cope with the noise. Thank God I’m not a light sleeper!


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Fascinated by his surroundings, Thomas is someone who is curious who savours life. With his entrepreneurial fibre, he began very early to develop ambitious business plans, including his career as a conference speaker. His blog is the place where he likes to talk about a variety of subjects that interest him.