A mum who bought a house for £325,000 near a busy road has hit back at trolls saying she ‘should have known’.
Jackie McCormack and her husband couldn’t believe their luck when they bought an “absolutely beautiful” three-bed new build for £350,000 in Coleshill, near Birmingham.
But as soon as they moved in, traffic from the busy A446 Lichfield Road – just nine feet from their home – meant they were constantly rocked by passing motorists.
The couple have been forced to wear earplugs and Jackie has likened it to “living next to a motorway”.
But they have been attacked by trolls for not realising that living next to a main road would be loud.
Speaking to the Sun, Jackie said: “All these trolls say ‘you should have known’.
“I knew it was a busy road – there’s no getting away from that. I would be stupid if I didn’t think it was a busy road.
“But this – how could I have known?”
The family viewed the property several times, but always on the quieter Saturday mornings, so were unaware of the issues.
Hitting back at trolls Jackie said noise levels hit 85 decibels as a wagon drove past, said to be the equivalent to the noise from some power tools.
Using an app on her phone to measure the noise levels, she also claimed at one point the volume in the garden went above the 120 decibels heard at a rock concert.
Jackie said the air is also full of vehicle fumes, with lorries heard between 5.30am and 8.30pm every day, reports Birmingham Live.
And there’s no respite even on weekends, with the noise from boy racers and motorcyclists described as ‘horrendous’.
With no speed cameras to slow motorists down and no crash barriers to protect the home, their garden is a ‘no go zone’.
Every morning Jackie says she could write her name in the dust that settles on her brand new white ensuite, and is forced to clean her windows up to four times a week.
Jackie said it’s a “beautiful property” but soon realised why the sellers agreed to drop the price by £25,000.