I recently read an article about sound — or, rather, NOISE — and how many of us notice it more since we’re spending more time at home thanks to the Pandemic. Here are a few of the points discussed in this month’s issue of Realtor Magazine.
There are professional and DIY ways to reduce sound, some of it costly, some easier on the budget. The measures you take will also depend on whether you’re battling interior sound (like your spouse, kid or roommate) or exterior noise, like traffic. Here are a few good ways to mitigate sound:
Cover Hard Surfaces — hard flooring amplifies sound. Cover it with area rugs (and a sound-absorbing pad underneath). Use fabric-covered furniture for more sound absorption.
Reduce Echoes in Open Spaces — Today’s popular open floor plans don’t allow for much privacy, and sound bounces everywhere with fewer walls. You can use fabric hangings on walls, or tuck foam behind a canvased artwork for extra padding. Companies Sound-Sense and Audimute produce such sound-absorbing panels. A bookcase stacked against the wall or used as a room divider can also help.
Seal Doors and Windows — Soundproofing companies offer acoustic door seal kits to fit snugly around doors or windows and reduce sound coming through cracks.
Add Drapes or Shades — Roman shades with heavy fabric, cellular shades or plantation shutters are thick and heavy and can absorb or block sound. Heavy drapes made of velvet or suede can also absorb noise, and when done right, can look beautiful.
Green Up — A houseplant next to a wall creates an additional surface to catch sound, before it hits the wall and bounces. A tall, potted Norfolk pine in a corner is recommended.
Property values are definitely affected by a noisy street or other other unwanted sound, and home buyers are even more aware of it this year. If you have a house to sell on a loud street, or other sound issues that may affect your resale potential, these are some measures you can take to improve your performance on the market.
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