If you are thinking about moving in to a new house or flat then you may be worried about what your new neighbours will be like. Living in such close proximity to other people can cause all sorts of problems and the stories that we are told about the most concern issues to do with noise.
In most cases, homeowners are very considerate and they try to limit the amount of noise that they produce to a minimum to avoid disturbing their neighbours but it you live in a household that you know makes a lot of noise then you may need to make a few adjustments.
You may have a few hobbies, such as learning to play the guitar or the drums that you know will cause a few issues with your neighbours. In cases such as this soundproofing may be the only option when it comes to keeping the peace. However before heading straight out to the nearest DIY store you will need to do your homework if you want to make sure that the soundproofing products you buy are to have any effect at all.
Deciding on an area within your new home where you can practice your noisy hobbies is the biggest decision that needs to be made. Selecting a suitable space means that you can focus all of your attention in to just one area rather than trying to ‘fix’ the whole house.
Soundproofing a room can be difficult though so it is always wise that you consult a professional who knows what they are doing. Noise problems are often, once investigated, complex and multifaceted, blocking it from one area will often mean that it just appears somewhere else within the room, so you need to careful that you soundproof the whole of the room if you want to make any difference.
If you live in a semi-detached property then the walls, windows and doors are the key areas that you will need to target in order to improve the sound insulation.
Apartments however will obviously need much more attention, especially if you have somebody living both above and below you. There are many floor and ceiling soundproofing products available so you will be able to find something that will help to reduce that amount of noise that you neighbours hear.
Making sure that you aware of any potential noise problems before you move in to a new property will ensure that you and your new neighbours develop a successful relationship.