Quick Takeaways

  • Power lines do tend to lower property value for one very simple reason – most homeowners do not find them aesthetically pleasing.
  • Though the dangers of EMFs have not been proven, many home owners still have a fear of living too close to power lines and other pieces of active infrastructure
  • Power lines may also affect what homeowners can do with their property, like where and what type of trees they can grow, for example.

Source: How Much Do Power Lines Decrease Property Value (Aniya Equity LLC, Aug. 8, 2020)

Over the last decade, hurricanes, floods, and wildfires have become more frequent, wreaking havoc on the often outdated infrastructure in all areas of the county, and power lines are no exception. During exposure to high winds and water, power lines not only are easily rendered out of commission, leaving millions without power, but also become extremely dangerous. Though burying them underground is a good option in some places, and would certainly prevent fires, underground powerlines are not possible in many coastal areas.

Burying power lines could also address one of the main reasons that power lines reduce property value – homeowners simply do not like how they look. They often break up otherwise pristine views, and have been proven to lower property value by as much as 40 percent.

Though aesthetics are main reason that power lines are frowned upon, some home owners are concerned about the health risks of electromagnetic fields (EMFs). Past studies linking cancer to EMFs have been debunked, but it has not been proven that EMFs explicitly do not cause health issues. You can read about EMFs and assess any potential health risks through trusted sources like the World Health Organization and the Environmental Protection Agency.

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