I don't want to hear my neighbours... ever.
September 27, 2009 12:09 PM Subscribe
I'm going to buy a home soon, probably a semi-detached bungalow. I want to have an educated guess at how soundproof a property is while I view it.
Are there any tips/tricks to help me judge how soundproof a home will be while viewing it for (let's say) just 30 minutes at a time? When during those actual 30 minutes there are no neighbours making any noise, or maybe they're making a lot of noise but I just can't hear it.
posted by selton to Home & Garden (9 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I'm looking to move to the Sussex coast of the UK, if it makes a difference.
Can tapping on the walls tell me how thick/soundproof they are?
Does what the walls are made of make a big difference?
Is the age of the property any indicator? (the UK has soundproofing regulations for properties constructed from 2003 onwards, but none of the places I've viewed are that new)
When I have viewed properties they mostly seem deathly quiet. But I'm looking at homes far away from where I live now, so it's really not easy to "just hang around and see what it's like at various times of the day/week".
The number ONE important thing for me is that I do NOT want to hear anything from my neighbours: shouting, TV, music, doors closing, walking etc.
When I have viewed properties they mostly seem deathly quiet. But I'm looking at properties far away from where I live now, so it's really not easy to "just hang around and see what it's like at various times of the day/week".
Also it may be quiet now 24hrs a day because the current neighbours ARE just very quiet, but what happens when they go and Mr or Ms Noisy move in?
The problem is I probably can't afford a detached house in the area I want to live. I have seen some semi-detached bungalows that I like though but I'm concerned about the adjoining walls.