Landlords: Protecting your property against noise pollution
For most of us, the home is a place to unwind and relax – a peaceful abode away from the hustle and bustle of the outside world. It’s likely that at one point, however, we’ve had to deal with some kind of unwanted noise which has compromised our quiet homes, be it from noisy neighbours, road traffic, animals or otherwise. This kind of unwanted noise in excess can evolve into being a resident’s worst nightmare.
As a landlord, being able to minimise any unwanted noise in your property is likely to increase tenant satisfaction, as the quality of their living space is no-doubt enhanced when there’s no excess sound entering outside of their control. In this blog, we’ll explain why landlords should care about their property being exposed to excess noise, in addition to some of our top soundproofing measures to protect your property from noise pollution.
Why should landlords care?
First and foremost, nobody wants to live in a home where they’re disturbed regularly by unwanted noise, so making sure your tenants can enjoy a peaceful tenancy should be the core motivation for soundproofing. There are also some additional benefits for doing so as a landlord, however.
Protecting your property from noise pollution is also an excellent selling factor, often making your property more attractive to future tenants, and potentially allowing you to achieve a healthier rental figure. If you can demonstrate to tenants that they’re unlike to be disturbed by unwanted noise during their tenancy, this works as an excellent selling point.
Tenants are also far more likely to be respectful in a home where you have taken clear precautions to cut out unwanted or excess noise from the outside. Ultimately, protecting your home from noise is a great way to show your tenants you care about their living space, resulting in a better tenant-landlord relationship in the long run.
Tips for soundproofing your property
The best place to start when it comes to implementing soundproofing measures is by spotting any holes and cracks within the property’s structure. Some of the most common places where sound can be let in are windows, doors and floors:
If noise is being let in through the windows, check for any gaps or cracks in the framing and address these by blocking them. It may be worth noting that single glazing is more likely to let sound in, so if your property has single glazing and suffers from noise pollution, consider upgrading to double glazed. Although costly, it’s likely to pay off in the long run and also make the home more energy efficient.
Do the doors in your property lack density? Or do they have bigger than usual gaps between the doorframe, allowing for noise to enter? Consider addressing any potential avenues for excess sound to enter a room through the doorways when looking to soundproof your property. Keeping noise within the confines of the room its coming from is key to tackling potential noise pollution.
The floor within the property may also be problematic in letting sound in, especially amongst older wooden flooring. If certain areas of the floor are making a lot of noise, it may be worth addressing these by replacing troublesome floorboards – especially where others are residing below and can also hear the creaking. If the problem is widespread, consider swapping to quieter flooring, such as carpet.
A well-insulated property is also excellent at insulating itself from sound. Not only will insulated walls keep the property warm (and improve its energy efficiency rating!), it’s far more likely to block out noise. This may be especially important if your property has shared walls with neighbours, as a sturdy wall between both households is likely to prevent both residents from being disturbed (and possibly making a complaint!).
The placement of the furniture throughout the property may also affect how much noise makes its way into the property. It may be worth suggesting to tenants that they should place TV’s, large shelves or wardrobes against shared walls to help drown out any noise that may be coming through. These can create an extra layer for sound to get through, which may help in reducing noise pollution entering and exiting the property.
We hope our blog will help you to keep your tenants happy. If you are looking for further property advice, do please get in touch here.