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How to inspect the thin wall house.-Basel

Hi, I am now living in Basel, also doing Master here. From the beginning I rented a studio room(22m2) from WoVe. My room have mini kitchen, bathroom and toilet. However the problem that I got here is that the walls are pretty thin. On each floor, we have about 10 rooms and the building looks not so old. But I can hear almost every noise in the building for example when people walk pass my room, when they're talking or evening a small talk especially from the room next to me for example the alarm clock, a small talk when he/she brings visitors, when they're showering or flushing the toilet even when they're cooking. Let's say that I can describe perfectly what's happening in the other rooms.

I'm finding a new room which is not associated with WoVe's anymore. I've 2 months left for finding a room. I still stick to the same idea of having a studio/one-bedroom apartment within 1,000 CHF. However I still open up for any of the room type, only one of my concern is that I don't want to run into this problem of the thin wall again. I don't know if it's just only the WoVe's building (as far as I talked to my friends who also rent their rooms with WoVe) or it is a normal situation here? And do you think that I can still be able to find a good house within my budget(600-1000CHF) and have a chance to not face this problem again? Or how can I suspect the apartment wall when I'm doing an apartment visit? Or I should higher my rental budget to 1000-1500 or considering living in a share flat which has 2-3 people?

Open up for any suggestions and thank you in advance.
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Re: How to suspect the thin wall house.-Basel

When you visit an apartment you should tap on the walls, if they sound hollow the sound proofing will be poor.

Take a friend with you, and ask him or her to speak normally in the next room and listen for the sound.
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When you visit an apartment you should tap on the walls, if they sound hollow the sound proofing will be poor.

Take a friend with you, and ask him or her to speak normally in the next room and listen for the sound.
First of all my wall in WoVe's also not hollow but somehow it's so poor to protecting or keeping noise.

Second of all the apartment I will visit mostly is one room apartment/studio therefore I don't know how to check the noise even I bring a friend.
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Re: How to suspect the thin wall house.-Basel

Two things: First, change the verb in the title of this thread to inspect, not suspect, and you might get more people to read and understand it.

Second, have your friend stand out in the hall and talk while you are inside the new apartment. It's not necessary that he be in another apartment. If you can hear him clearly while he is out in the hallway, you will most assuredly be able to hear people in other apartments.
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Re: How to suspect the thin wall house.-Basel

Hey, OP, why don't you walk down the road and rent a place in France? If you are a student, presumably you won't pay the higher tax rate. (????) Rents will be cheaper, and maybe the French have a better attitude to privacy and better quality housebuilding...... win win m8
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Two things: First, change the verb in the title of this thread to inspect, not suspect, and you might get more people to read and understand it.

Second, have your friend stand out in the hall and talk while you are inside the new apartment. It's not necessary that he be in another apartment. If you can hear him clearly while he is out in the hallway, you will most assuredly be able to hear people in other apartments.
1) I already report to the englishforum to change the word cause I cant edit it anymore. And you're right, it should be "inspect".

2) Ahh, now I see. Thank you I will try.

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Hey, OP, why don't you walk down the road and rent a place in France? If you are a student, presumably you won't pay the higher tax rate. (????) Rents will be cheaper, and maybe the French have a better attitude to privacy and better quality housebuilding...... win win m8
I would love to but since I'm an expat, and I'm also not European people. Therefore I'm not sure if I can do that or if it will effect my visa? I will check it up. Thank you very much.

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Re: How to suspect the thin wall house.-Basel

Why not ask when you visit the new apartment re the noise.

As that is the reason for your move, to me that would seem reasonable question.
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Re: How to suspect the thin wall house.-Basel

OP, I hope you found what you were looking for. Basel has substandard housing, like, based on my lousy experiences, the rest of Switzerland. You won't find houses in here, but barns. Try a top floor, so you'll just have to deal with one or two idiots at most. Even if you bang at the walls when you visit an appartment you won't know for sure how badly soundproof it is until you live there for a couple of days. Ad will lie, landlord will lie, agency will lie. It's part of the much touted quality of life, I guess.
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Re: How to inspect the thin wall house.-Basel

A building converted into many studio rooms has a higher chance of being crap than other properties.

A house/flat share is a good idea, or you can rent your own flat of course but it'll cost more. Apartments in my block, 50sqm, go for around 1300-1400Fr. Plus, most landlords don't want short-term tenants.
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