Moving into a new house or apartment is always a bit of a gamble. There are some things a property inspection wont reveal -- including whether you're about to move next door to the neighbors from hell. A new reviews-based website is attempting to provide a solution to this problem by identifying the noisiest suburbs, streets and townships in Australia. Whether an address has drunk neighbours or barking dogs, Dontwakeme will alert you.
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Dontwakeme is an anonymous crowdsourcing website that collects noise complaint data from the general public. The website allows anyone to leave a noise complaint or a positive review for a specific location. Noise complaint submissions are categorised into different types ranging from barking dogs to partying neighbours and intoxicated patrons. You then give the address an overall noise rating out of 5.
Other users can then type in an address in the search bar to see how favorably the area is rated.
"After I shifted apartments for the third time, I thought there must be a way to understand if my next apartment would be subjected to noisy neighbors, early morning council services or the sound of a nearing highway," explained the website's creator Matt Hnatojko.
"After understanding that real estate websites don’t offer this information, I decided to build it myself in the hope to sleeping without getting woken up."
As with anything that's crowdsourced, the effectiveness of Dontwakeme will come down to how many people bother to leave a review. (Hopefully plenty of fed-up neighbours will use the service as a form of petty vengeance.)
The Dontwakeme website is currently in Beta phase with plans to introduce "further analytical features" in the coming months. To leave a noise complaint (or check a prospective property) pay a visit to the Dontwakeme Beta site.