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    Would you buy a home close to an electricity substation???
    • #1
    • 27th Jul 07, 12:56 PM
    Would you buy a home close to an electricity substation??? 27th Jul 07 at 12:56 PM
    Hi all,

    I have recently been viewing a 4 bed home in need of renovation, which has loads of potential and is going for around 20k less than market rivals.

    However, on closer inspection there is a small electrical closet, aka substation at the bottom of the garden. Well when I say at the bottom of the garden, I mean it's actually in a fenced off enclosure backing on to the garden.

    What is the general consensus, about buying/selling near such things? Has anyone any experience. I spoke to two different agents and one denied all knowledge and the other hinted that it could reduce the house by up to 20% when it comes to re-sale.

    Any thoughts???
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  • scrummy mummy
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    • 27th Jul 07, 1:40 PM
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    • 27th Jul 07, 1:40 PM
    Recent studies would indicate that there is no scientific evidence to support any human harm (Electro sensitivity) from mobile phones (see link)...however, preception is reality for most people and some people will believe what they want to believe regarding the health risks posed by radio masts, voodoo, ghosts....power lines......electricity sub stations, walking under ladders etc based on a number of individual factors. I personally would NEVR buy a house in Windsor because the planes would drive me crazy...regardless of it being a 'desirable' location...!!!!!!
    An electricity sub station steps down (reduces) the voltage from that carried in the overhead power lines to the voltage that is carried in your home around the wiring...thus, if you are going to die as a result of the EMF emitted by the sub are just as likely to die from having the electricity and the subsequent electro magentic field (EMF) coursing through the cables in, and being consumed by the myriad of electrical appliances in your current home!
    Personally, I'd take advantage of the 20k lower selling price and try to negotitate it down further, but ONLY if you intend to stay there and not move (otherwise it'll always be a problem for you trying to sell for the same reasons you are asking now!)

    Have a read of this too.
  • meredeterre
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    • 27th Jul 07, 2:12 PM
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    Might be worth asking the neighbours or checking the local papers to see if there have been any problems with it - either faults or vandalism.....we used to live next door to a little substation a few years ago & had no problems...But one of the big ones in the next town to us atm has had two rather big explosions & subsequent fires this year (found to be unrelated parts problems)that have unsurprisingly worried the houses surrounding it...and it's worth thinking about its re-sale value - are your potential buyers going to be put off meaning you get less interest in it or ask for a reduced price?
    • sparklymessygirl
    • By sparklymessygirl 27th Jul 07, 2:15 PM
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    No I wouldn't. Not sure why as I am entirely ignorant about them (must read up on them!). I wouldn't even view it myself if I knew in advance and it might be an erroneous impression but that would make me think that resale might be problematic (if others had the same impression as me)

  • sandy2
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    • 27th Jul 07, 2:17 PM
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    • 27th Jul 07, 2:17 PM
    No I would never buy near a substation, pylon or overhead elecricity cables
  • 00mrmark00
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    • 27th Jul 07, 2:25 PM
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    • 27th Jul 07, 2:25 PM
    All good points Scrummy and thanks for taking the time to respond.

    Just to clarity, the substation as I refer to it occupies an area of approx 3-4 meters sq and stands around 2 meters high. Does the constitute a substation, as any searches on the web return something resembling a nuclear power station in comparison.

    Personally, I'm not really bothered about the thing, but we are only planning to stay there for around 3-5 years and it's what may happen when we come to market the property that concerns me.

    With the ceiling price in the area of around 179,000 and an asking price for this particular property of 155,000 + renovation costs of around 15-20k, I'm wondering if the writing is on the wall, and that I should steer clear.

    Has anyone else had any negative feedback when selling in this situation, or not made a purchase because of the above???

    Thanks again.
    • silvercar
    • By silvercar 27th Jul 07, 2:35 PM
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    I would be wary, just in case the health risks are suddenly headlining all the newspapers between when you buy and when you sell.

    Friends did buy near one. When they moved in it was an inoffensive brick structure, it was then replaced by a hideous brown plastic structure.
    • olly300
    • By olly300 27th Jul 07, 2:44 PM
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    Is the substation similar to the picture surrounded by the fence here?

    Or is it more like these ones?

    If it's at the bottom of the garden and the garden is over 80ft long then I wouldn't worry about it. Someone will buy it but again you will still have to give them approx. the same discount as you got.

    If it's nearer the house then due to the negative press I wouldn't touch it.

    I remember seeing a 2 bed house advertised in the local paper about 5 years ago that seemed to be on sale for ever (about 2 years) because it was under a pylon. It was priced the same as a one bedroom flat. I can't remember if it sold as it was the same time as those scare stories came out in the newspaper. I do know that they build flats nearby and some of the area is on a flood plain.
    Last edited by olly300; 27-07-2007 at 2:47 PM.
    • ---lee---
    • By ---lee--- 27th Jul 07, 2:52 PM
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    I did and I live there quite happily. It's about the size of a single garage and the side of it forms the boundary with the side of my back garden. I've no problems with being there at all. I did think about it before buying the house but I did not come up with any concerns.

    We are all surrounded by electric cables in offices, homes, when walking in the country etc. We are constantly bombarded with radio, magnetic and various other frequency waves with no ill effects and have been for many years.
    • Generali
    • By Generali 27th Jul 07, 3:02 PM
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    The funniest is when people go on TV to complain about electrosensitivity.

    Have you seen the number of cables etc in a TV studio!

    It's rubbish but it's other people's perception that matters when you come to sell. I'd put in a low offer if it was me, citing the substation. You never know...
    Thirty years from now there will be a huge amount of oil and no buyers. Oil will be left in the ground. The Stone Age came to an end, not because we had a lack of stones, and the oil age will come to an end not because we have a lack of oil. Sheikh Yamani
    • iolanthe07
    • By iolanthe07 27th Jul 07, 4:31 PM
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    I lived next to a small substation for years. The only problem was that bulbs kept having to be replaced because (we were told) the voltage is slightly higher the nearer you are to a substation.
    "Debt is the slavery of the free" (Publilius Syrus, First Century BC)
  • CB1979
    i've had no problems living next to one.

    but i get really bad pains in my 3rd ear and hunch back.

    there's no health risks at all
  • Van1971
    I have no experience but it would put me off buying the house.
  • epz
    I dont belive in the cancer stuff but i have seen the hole in the ground and surrounding walls after one exploded and it was big, would probably wouldnt put me off as the rarely go boom but i would expect a hefty discount.
  • cats!
    If you can get it at a good price and you're happy with that, go for it. But negotiate the price way down!

    Always amazes me that the people/buyers who tend to view properties like this when you sell query the health implications of a small sub-station whilst reeking of fags and booze! Just one of life's observations!
  • Red Panda
    There has been a house for sale near me with one of those fenced off in the back garden. Its a lovely house, in one of the most sought after areas in the town. All the other houses are on the market for a few weeks max. This one has been for sale for over a year, every now and then the for sale sign comes down and another company goes up, but still not sold.
    • blue_haddock
    • By blue_haddock 27th Jul 07, 9:30 PM
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    i'd rather buy a house close to pylons/sub-station etc than on a flodd plain.
  • Hepatacyte
    No, I would not buy such a house. Had the chance a few years ago. My reason was the risk of leukeamia. I spoke to a highly qualified radiation physicist who told me there was lots of debate but no firm scientific evidence either way but that he would not buy it. Good enough for me. Why take the risk? And you may well struggle to sell it.

    "We are all surrounded by electric cables in offices, homes, when walking in the country etc. We are constantly bombarded with radio, magnetic and various other frequency waves with no ill effects and have been for many years"

    There is world of difference between the EM field from a 240V lightbulb, or radiostation, and that from a high voltage stepdown transformer. Field strength is dependent on voltage (among other things): higher voltage, more powerful elcetromagnetic field. To compare the 2 really is chalk and cheese.
    Last edited by Hepatacyte; 27-07-2007 at 9:46 PM.
    • tomstickland
    • By tomstickland 27th Jul 07, 9:47 PM
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    If it's a reasonable distance from the house (10m say) then I wouldn't be bothered. Does it have a 50Hz hum though?
    Happy chappy
  • 00mrmark00
    Thank you all for taking the time to give your opinions. Certainly seems to be some mixed feelings about this one...

    To answer Olly300's question, the substation in question looks similar to the one on the right hand page of the link. However, as I say it occupies an area of only 3-4 meters sq, standing 2-3 meters in height. Not to intrusive...

    The vendor has already slashed the price from 169,000 to 155,000... My recent offer of 147,500 is still being considered. However, the property needs 15-20k spending on it to bring it up to date, without taking into account any discount for the radiation box :rolleyes: I'm still undecided...
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