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Improve or Move? Answers to Your Most Common Housing Dilemma
Every one of us has faced this question at least once: Is it better to move to a new apartment/house or make improvements the existing one? This is one housing dilemma that’s hard to solve because each option has an expense and life-changing in its own way. However, what is the current trend in the real estate market? Do people prefer to pack up their things and move, or grab their tool kits and begin improving their housing?
A recent study by the interior decorating and home improvement site Houzz shows that most of the homeowners today tend to renovate their homes rather than move to a new place. The main reason behind this is the ability to add value to a home by investing money and time to make a living space more enjoyable. Interestingly, a study by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) demonstrates that the top reasons for beginning home improvement projects are to add amenities and space as well as to avoid moving.
The most common home improvements include bathroom and kitchen remodeling, landscaping, additions to existing space, and exterior improvements. Soundproofing is another reason to start remodeling or adding comfort amenities. Neighbor’s lawnmowers, barking dogs, heavy traffic, low-flying aircrafts, or loud music, can hinder you from truly enjoying your home to the fullest. There are many solutions to help you fight noisy environment and avoid a costly move. Whether you’re a renter or owner of a home, apartment or condo, it’s important to know what noise solutions exist and which are right for your space.
Soundproofing Home Improvements
Spray Foam Insulation
Spray foam insulation forms a thick barrier that blocks noise transfer, as well as suppresses flanking noises (such as noises from piping or water systems). This product is generally used for new construction, as the major disadvantage of this option is that you have to rebuild all the walls within your home or undergo major renovations. Keep this in mind when in the building process.
Acoustic Absorption Panels
If you are interested in decorating your home while absorbing noise and echoes at the same time, this option might be a great fit for you. Acoustic panels reduce ambient noises and echo while adding a non-traditional zest to your room. You can choose from an array of fabric wrapped options or supply a photo you enjoy and create a custom art acoustic panel for your home.
If you are terrified by the idea of completely rebuilding your home or apartment, but still need to eliminate outside noise, you should consider soundproofing curtains. Soundproofing curtains, like the AcousticCurtain™, are great for stopping noise entering through windows and soundproofing door covers like the AcoustiDoor™ can also block noise from entering a nursery, home office, game room or bedroom. This solution is perfect for the DIY’er or home improvement buff to install on their own, use everyday, and have the option to take it with them if they were to move.
Whatever decision you are going to make: to move to a new space or improve it, always remember that your health and happiness is the priority and you should never compromise on the quiet surroundings that you deserve. #SleepWell
MORE: See Our Ultimate Guide to Soundproofing Your Apartment