Apartment shopping can be extremely stressful. You have a list of must-haves and deal breakers, plus a budget you have to keep to. You also never know when some other prospective renter is going to swoop in and rent that apartment right out from under you.
Still, there are some things to consider before renting so you don’t end up stuck with a lease you’d like to break two days after it’s signed. Some of the most important things to consider are what factors might cause you to end up with a noisy apartment. If you’re someone who likes their quiet, this is one of the most important things to consider before renting, and yet, in the light of day, when the landlord is showing you the place, it can be hard to know if you have a noisy apartment on your hands or not. Here are some possible cues that noise might be an issue when apartment shopping:
1. What Floor Are You On?
The higher up you are, the better chance you have of being away from the biggest sources of noise. Honking cars, construction and the like all take place at ground level. And if your neighbors are having a party, you’ll probably be much happier if they are your downstairs neighbors (better yet, two or three floors down), rather than having their music and 20 pairs of visiting feet are beating down on your ceiling.
2. Does the Building Allow Pets?
Owning pets is great. If people in your building own pets, good for them — if those pets are fish, salamanders, or even cats. But, if you’re considering moving into a building full of dogs and birds, be prepared for some sleepless nights.
3. Are There Young Families in the Building?
You don’t have to be a parent to know that young children cry — a lot. They can be pretty loud, too. You may want to ask the landlord if the building caters to young families unless you want to gut out a couple of years of infant sleep schedules and teething.
4. Do the Doors Creak? Do the Pipes Knock?
This can be a tricky one, as these sounds might not be present while you’re checking out the apartment. Feel free to swing a few of the doors back and forth to check for creaking, and keep your ears open for those clanking pipes or air ducts.
5. Is the Floor Fully Carpeted?
If your floor isn’t carpeted, your upstairs neighbor’s floor probably isn’t either, which means more noise when they’re clomping around up there.
Noisy Apartment Solutions
So, let’s say you thought you’ve considered everything, but the apartment is still louder than you would have hoped. Fortunately, apartment soundproofing is an option. Apartment soundproofing materials from Soundproof Cow, like acoustic panels, soundproofing insulation and soundproofing foam can cut down on noise, increase your level of privacy and give you more pleasant acoustics in your apartment.
If you did your due diligence and still got burned by a noisy apartment, all is not lost. Don’t give up, especially if the apartment has a lot of other great features that caused you to rent it in the first place. Put up some quality soundproofing and enjoy your apartment’s benefits in the low-noise environment you had hoped for.