Home purchases and acoustics
Are you looking for your dream home? Have you defined your needs and wishes? Is your list of criteria ready? This list definitely includes the type of property and its location. But some quality criteria of the construction itself are often overlooked or overlooked by buyers. Here we remind you of some criteria to be seriously considered to avoid making the wrong choice. The price too problematic acoustics should to be considered.
Don't go wrong on the type of property
The first question to ask is certainly which type of property meets your expectations: new or old, with work or not? To answer this question, carefully consider your budget and your desire or willingness to work.
The new housing will be more expensive, but you will be able to dispose of it immediately, without delay to complete the job. With the accommodation to be renovated, you will rediscover the charm of the old and be able to adapt it to your image, but you will have to suffer the hassle of work.
Buying from the old has a financial advantage if you can do the work yourself. Because if you call the craftsmen, it has a significant cost. And it will also cost you patience and energy. So do the math.
Choose a location that fits your lifestyle
In order not to make a mistake in choosing the location of your future home, ask yourself the right questions. What are you looking for for the environment you want to live in? Do you prefer the peace and greenery of the countryside, or the dynamism of the city, with its shops and places of culture?
If taking a car to run errands weighs you down, don't buy an isolated house in the country. Do you need proximity to public transport and schools? Make a list of criteria that match your life choices. The ideal place is difficult to find, you will surely have to compromise. So put your priorities at the top of the list and take out any positions that don't meet them.
Acoustic comfort: an often forgotten criterion that should not be overlooked
The soundproofing of a home is an aspect often overlooked when buying. We let ourselves be intoxicated by the environment, by the visible technical aspects, and it is often too late when we realize that we have forgotten to worry about the sound quality of the house. This is also neglected by builders, so many buildings have acoustic problems.
The presence of certain materials can allow you to anticipate these potential problems: creaking wooden floors, large glass walls that transmit sound, etc. Fortunately, there are solutions to home acoustic problems.
With regard to noise related to the home environment, from 1 June 2020 there is a noise exposure plan. This plan provides that the technical diagnostic file (DDT) contains information on the risk of exposure to noise when the property sold or rented is located in an airport area. This information is directly integrated into the Risk and Pollution Statement (ERP).
Certifications and diagnostics: the quality controls of your future purchase
Standards, labels, certifications and diagnoses used in the construction sector allow to evaluate the quality of a building and to protect the buyer of a property. Energy labels, RT 2012 and early 2020, NF habitat certifications, and many others, are all quality criteria to be carefully studied to guarantee the purchase of your home.
Finally, if you are having a new single-family home built, entering into a Contract for the Construction of a Single-Family Home (CCMI) guarantees delivery of your home at the agreed price and time.