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    • golly99
    • By golly99 15th Mar 17, 11:58 AM
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    Would a house with rear access to property put you off?
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    • 15th Mar 17, 11:58 AM
    Would a house with rear access to property put you off? 15th Mar 17 at 11:58 AM
    Currently our house is up for sale and saw a property which ticked a lot of boxes but one thing which did put me off from a security point of view was that there was a path with a grassy area behind the back fence linking the nearby streets up. There's obviously a fence/gate there and options to put up some trellis/planting etc, but wondering if it would put anybody off? I've checked the police street map thing which wouldn't suggest any issues and it is a very good area.
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    • always_sunny
    • By always_sunny 15th Mar 17, 12:03 PM
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    If the door bothers you so much surely you can keep it closed?
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    • borkid
    • By borkid 15th Mar 17, 12:05 PM
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    No, my house backs onto a community field. No problems at all although the fence is 6ft tall and there is a hedge part way along. If you are really worried add some trellis or grow a prickly climbing plant up it.
    • Heather2603
    • By Heather2603 15th Mar 17, 12:06 PM
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    No it wouldn't bother me, in fact depending on layout etc my husband might end up using it as main access as he's a public transport kind of guy!
    • kathrynha
    • By kathrynha 15th Mar 17, 12:09 PM
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    • 15th Mar 17, 12:09 PM
    We have front and back access to our property. It doesn't bother me at all as our CCTV covers all sides, as does the nosey old lady 3 doors up


    My parents house only has front access, but with a gate to the back, and they had a burglar use the privacy of the back garden to break in. That isn't as big a risk for us.


    You can always put a lock on the back gate if you are worried
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    • cjdavies
    • By cjdavies 15th Mar 17, 12:17 PM
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    Surely as your the buyer it's whether you like it or not to buy.
    • LEJC
    • By LEJC 15th Mar 17, 12:27 PM
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    In some ways rear access is a bonus...especially when you want to prevent taking bulky or messy things through the house.

    I've lived in both access and no access houses and have always valued the extra entry at the back.
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    • LittleMax
    • By LittleMax 15th Mar 17, 12:33 PM
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    I am happy with rear access - but it wasn't until I sold my last house, that I realise just how many people are worried by it.
    • Hedgehog99
    • By Hedgehog99 15th Mar 17, 12:42 PM
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    I like having rear access to the garden without going through the house. As you have done, I would research the field, what it's used for now and what it could be used for in future.

    Check google earth to see whether there are any dead end stubs of roads leading to it, i.e. could it be used for housing in the future and would that affect the value of your property?

    I've heard of problems when councils install children's play equipment and people who'd enjoyed a quiet field suddenly complain of screaming kids.

    You could fit a lock and/or bolts to your gate for improved security, and a nice bit of too-fragile-to-climb trellis.
    • glasgowdan
    • By glasgowdan 15th Mar 17, 12:59 PM
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    One issue is wee squads of teenagers drinking white lightning on a saturday night using the path as their hangout. I'd want to spend a couple of hours sitting in the car at least 2-3 times to check if there's many of that sort about first. Warm night are busiest with these kinds of twits.
    • Slinky
    • By Slinky 15th Mar 17, 1:01 PM
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    We have a footpath behind our house and were burgled by somebody climbing over the fence many years ago. We now have trellis on top of the fence, an alarm and CCTV.
    • JP08
    • By JP08 15th Mar 17, 1:03 PM
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    Plant pyracanthas against the fence - pretty flowers, striking berries that the birds love - and a deterrent to all but the most insane of miscreants ...

    https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Starr_050817-7529_Pyracantha_koidzumii.jpg
    • borkid
    • By borkid 15th Mar 17, 1:04 PM
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    I like having rear access to the garden without going through the house. As you have done, I would research the field, what it's used for now and what it could be used for in future.

    Check google earth to see whether there are any dead end stubs of roads leading to it, i.e. could it be used for housing in the future and would that affect the value of your property?

    I've heard of problems when councils install children's play equipment and people who'd enjoyed a quiet field suddenly complain of screaming kids.

    You could fit a lock and/or bolts to your gate for improved security, and a nice bit of too-fragile-to-climb trellis.
    Originally posted by Hedgehog99
    The parish council were planning to do this next to our fence. We drew up a list of health and safety issues and got several other people on board and now they've agreed to site it at the far side of the field. It is a large field. The noise at the moment is coming from building our new village hall. We did research all this before buying though.

    I think the OP just has a path at the back of their proposed property.
    • golly99
    • By golly99 15th Mar 17, 3:27 PM
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    One issue is wee squads of teenagers drinking white lightning on a saturday night using the path as their hangout. I'd want to spend a couple of hours sitting in the car at least 2-3 times to check if there's many of that sort about first. Warm night are busiest with these kinds of twits.
    Originally posted by glasgowdan
    Thanks for all the posts very interesting and useful . As well as the security aspect the above was my concern. If we get ours sold and put an offer in I might just stake out the area...hopefully won't get reported for looking suspicious!!
    • teddysmum
    • By teddysmum 15th Mar 17, 4:07 PM
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    Nearly all older terraced houses and all council homes,linked or semi, round here have front and back garden/yard access. It's mainly post 1970 private estate bungalows and houses that have no back access to the property (though some have kitchen doors to the back.)
    • Slinky
    • By Slinky 15th Mar 17, 4:16 PM
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    One issue is wee squads of teenagers drinking white lightning on a saturday night using the path as their hangout. I'd want to spend a couple of hours sitting in the car at least 2-3 times to check if there's many of that sort about first. Warm night are busiest with these kinds of twits.
    Originally posted by glasgowdan
    We used to have a problem with this sort of thing, but the council put street lighting in a few years ago and it seems to have discouraged most of this in the bit behind us as they are visible from other houses.
    • Mgman1965
    • By Mgman1965 16th Mar 17, 9:56 PM
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    People get lulled into a false sense of security with no back access.

    We have no side or rear access but we were burgled, the mistreatment climbing over 3 six foot fences to get access to our garden.

    Unfortunately for him, he left with our large, territorial and protective dog on his tail quicker than what he came in .
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    • golly99
    • By golly99 17th Mar 17, 8:52 AM
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    Ha good story...I've held off getting cctv but might invest in it on the next house to feel like I'm doing all I can..also got a dog but it's a toy breed so it would probably just roll over for a tummy tickle if it saw anybody!
    • sparky130a
    • By sparky130a 17th Mar 17, 9:18 AM
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    People get lulled into a false sense of security with no back access.

    We have no side or rear access but we were burgled, the mistreatment climbing over 3 six foot fences to get access to our garden.

    Unfortunately for him, he left with our large, territorial and protective dog on his tail quicker than what he came in .
    Originally posted by Mgman1965
    This is a good point. Footpaths etc are open ground to these bar stewards, they don't like that.

    My parents old place you could garden hop for at least a mile behind detached houses and not get caught due to the foliage and tree line ( I never did of course! )
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