As part of my daily routine, I consult with buyers who are thinking of buying into a variety of condo developments. In most cases, the issue of noise comes up.
In the last few months, several of my ViP clients have complained about sound leakage in their new units. I have heard everything from people being able to hear their neighbours talking (and, in some cases, much more).
The best advice I can give to anyone buying a new condo is to consider using a higher-end soundproofing solution vs the standard level that the builder is offering.
Don't worry about the resale value of adding soundproofing. I have worked with everyone from DJs to Juno Award winning musicians and big CEOs...all of them value sound proofing and wish the original owner had used the right materials early on.
This link demonstrates what different levels of soundproofing can do: Quiet Solution
So many existing owners have contacted me about this issue; and here are some answers to their questions:
- Yes, you will need permission to get any and all construction work done in your unit
- Yes, it is likely that most condo boards will permit you to soundproof - but you ALWAYS need to get permission first
Paul Indrigo is a sales representative with Century 21 Regal Realty Inc. in Toronto, Ontario.