Noise Issues: Before You Buy a Home

When you buy a new home, coop, or condo, make sure that there are no unexpected noise problems. We have come across apartments with noisy elevators that were only shown to buyers during the lowest-traffic part of the day. We measured one coop where the machinery next door was shut off during the viewing. There are any number of other sources of noise that may not occur during a brief visit but can become a nightmare once you actually move in. The best way to protect yourself is to get a long term noise survey, before you close on the property.

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