July 9, 2011 11:53 PM Subscribe
When apartment-hunting, how can you tell if a place has good inter-unit sound insulation?
posted by threeants to home & garden (16 answers total) 22 users marked this as a favorite
I'm going to be looking for a studio or 1-bedroom to live alone in soon (in Atlanta, if it matters). One of the more important qualities to me is that there be strong sound insulation between different units, whether in a complex or a converted house or whatever. Street noise honestly doesn't bother me that much; it's the feeling of lack of privacy that comes from being able to hear your neighbors (and vice versa) that I hate. So far I've lived with roommates in old apartments that had great sound insulation between units, and varying degrees of insulation between rooms in the same unit.
I know the answer is sort of "listen when you're in there", but I'm not sure this really suffices. There's no real way to know when you're viewing a place if the neighbors are even home, what they're doing, etc. Basically what I could use help with is, are there any, uh, "comorbid" characteristics I can look for as tells of either good or bad sound insulation? I know that cheap super-recent housing stock usually has terribly thin walls, but beyond that I don't really have a clue.