You have to keep the noise out to keep the value in!
Selling Philadelphia condominiums has somewhat of a unique issue that may not be relevant to condos in, say, remote parts of Montana or on deserted private islands. And that issue would be – the noise.
Some of the most sought after condo buildings here in Center City are on or very close to lively blocks that are full of activity, or they are on or near bus routes, and can have a close proximity to highways. This is very convenient but can be noisy!
Having constant noise outside your dining room or bedroom could be a big problem. So, I devised a kinda’ cool solution that works like a gem. And in the scheme of things, really doesn’t have to cost a lot.
Here’s the solution: Replace your windows (genius, eh?)!
Depending on where you live in downtown Philadelphia, you may have a fairly strong historic association who mandates the type of window replacement you must use. However, this does not preclude you from installing another set of windows INSIDE the historical set.
You can add a double paned, inexpensive vinyl clad INSIDE the outer set of historically approved windows, giving you a total of 3 or 4 panes of glass between you and the noise. This ingenious little set-up demonstrates how you can effectively keep all city noise out of your Philadelphia loft or condo.
You don’t need to live 30 feet from the highway or live in a super luxury condo building to benefit from this idea. Such insulation also provides extra protection from cold, heat loss, and dirt that gets inside of other single paned windows!
If you’re thinking of buying or selling a Center City condominium and want some more tips, I can help. Give me a call today at 215-521-1523 or drop me an email at Mark@CenterCity.com.
Prudential Fox and Roach REALTORS®
530 Walnut St. Philadelphia, PA 19106
Sometimes the simplest solution to reducing noise is the best. Upgrading the windows is a good option not just for noise but for energy savings as well. Great article!Comment by Raquel Mangual — April 10, 2011 @ 7:06 pm