When it comes time to look for a new apartment to move into, it is a good idea to try to find a place that is quiet. Otherwise, you could end up signing a lease on a place where you have trouble sleeping due to things like noisy neighbors, lots of noise outside and just generally poor soundproofing in the place. While there is no foolproof way to guarantee that a place you rent will be the peaceful oasis that you desire, you can employ some methods of eliminating possible problem places. By using our tips below, you will be on the right path to renting a quiet apartment for yourself.
Consider Neighborhood Noise Sources
When you are considering signing a lease on an apartment, be certain that you take stock of any possible noise sources in the immediate surrounding area. This can be as simple as being situated under a flight path of major airplanes. Or, something that you might not think of at first such as a nearby car dealership that frequently uses a loudspeaker on the lot.
Other possible noise problems include a busy highway, trash dumpsters that may get emptied while you’re trying to sleep, outdoor pets who can bark at all hours of the night and churches with loud bells.
Go Pet Free
Building on the above tip, look for apartment complexes that prohibit pets. By doing this, you are eliminating the possibility of being kept up late at night by barking dogs from the neighbors. At first, this might not seem like a big deal for you, but I have had the misfortune of having people on each side of me with dogs that barked through the night. To say it was a nightmare would be an understatement!
Visit Several Times
When you look at apartments, you never really have the option of checking things out during the hours that you would actually be at home. Instead, you have to view it during the day when the rental office is open. Of course, the problem with this is that the noise level is a lot different during the day than at night. Obviously, there is no way to visit the actual apartment at night, but you can easily walk around the neighborhood and get a feel for the noise level. Doing this just might keep you from making a mistake and picking a loud place.
Pay Attention To Construction
When you view a potential apartment, you may be able to tell just how well it is soundproofed. In my experience, the windows are one of the biggest places where outside noises can come in. Try opening and then closing the windows to see what the sound level difference is to determine if the windows will allow in too much noise. Thin walls are another problem that you might have to deal with in a rental apartment. You can knock on the walls to try to determine how soundproofed they are, but you still may not be able to determine fully.
Take Layout Into Account
Never underestimate how the layout of the apartment affects the noise level. You want to end up with a bedroom that is somewhat insulated from most, if not all, noises. I once rented an apartment that had my bedroom above my neighbor’s garage and he came home at all hours of the night. Needless to say, I did not get a lot of sleep when I was locked into that lease. Corner units and top units offer you the best chance at a noise-free or reduced noise rental period.
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I really liked the suggestion to visit during different hours of the day in order to get an idea of the overall noise level of an apartment. My fiance and I have been looking for a quiet apartment we can move into after we get married later this year, so these tips are all helpful. I’ll be sure to take the time to personally visit any apartment we’re serious about renting at different time of the day, just to be sure we’re getting a quiet place.