If you live in a Residential Community, specially in a MultiFamily Building or a Condo, you may have faced incidents of Noise transfer from the Neighboring Unit. If you are on the top floor where there’s common access to Terrace, you may have been bothered by Children jumping on the terrace.
If you are on the lower floors you may be bothered with furniture being dragged on the floor above (in case the unit above is not carpeted or without heavy flooring).. If you happen to be a dance practitioner that involves heavy steps you may be always sensitive to causing noise issues to your neighbor below.
11 Ways To Reduce Noise Transference in Your MultiFamily Building
Noise transference is a very common problem in apartment buildings. Here are some ways to reduce noise transference:
1. Ensure gaps in windows or doors are sealed
Seal any gaps or cracks around doors, windows, and walls to prevent sound from traveling through them.
2. Place rugs or carpets
Rugs or carpets can help absorb sound and reduce noise transference between floors.
3. Use sound-absorbing curtains
Heavy Curtains or Panels that absorb Sound can help reduce noise transference through windows. In case you are Renting in your multifamily Unit then this can be one of the easiest options as you do not have to check with your Landlord or Property Management Company for approvals.
4. Consider soundproofing walls
If noise transference is a severe problem, you may consider soundproofing walls between units. There are various options of soundproofing the walls, don’t forget to check your Property Management or Community Management guidelines about the Dos and Don’ts!
5. Lining the Wall with BookShelves
Lining the Wall with BookShelves with heavy books can help contain sound within the room. This could come across as a Delight to Tenants who are Book Lovers who can now get legitimacy to their stacked up books and make them the main decor of their rooms! This again is an easy one to achieve if you are Renting the Unit!
6. Create soundproofing in the room
If you practice musical instruments where regular noise is unavoidable, create soundproofing in the room where regular practice is done. In case that is not possible, see if utilizing the Common Hall which is away from other residences for practicing could be an option. You can use the Amenity Booking feature of your ADDA.io to ensure availability during your Practice times!
7. Rubber pads on the furniture legs
In case dragging furniture while cleaning floor is the cause of Noise consider placing rubber pads on the furniture legs
8. Install acoustic insulation
Acoustic insulation can help absorb sound and prevent it from transferring between units. It can be installed in walls, ceilings, and floors.
9. Talk to your neighbors
Sometimes, noise transference can be unintentional. Or the Noise can be unavoidable for some period of time – for example a baby wailing in the night, or an unwell pet barking more than usual. Talking to your neighbors and coming up with a solution together can help reduce noise levels.
10. Use white noise machines
White noise machines can help mask noise and make it less noticeable. However, this may not be enjoyable in case the noise is Music or a Movie as the person listening to it may not enjoy the sound when white noise is interfering.
11. Dance Unapologetically in an Apartment
If you are a Dance Enthusiast, check out this Video for a few tips for your practice time!
By implementing some or all of these solutions, you can reduce noise transference in your MultiFamily Condo building and create a more peaceful living environment.
Ultimately Community Living is about conversations and working out harmonious solutions to such issues. Having a well bonded Online Community of Residents and Management also helps build the necessary tolerance, camaraderie and ultimately a Happy Community!
Happy Community Living to you!