Make friends with your neighbors. Invite them to dinner, drop off little presents on holidays. Bring new neighbors a bottle of wine when they move in. We are the downstairs neighbors but the neighbor next to us is super sensitive to noise & other little annoyances. She did not like us when we first moved in. We're the only people in the building with kids so we are super noisy compared to everyone else. Also we're not the neatest neighbors. I sometimes leave my stroller parked in the hall & don't sweep as regularly as I should (little things like that used to set her off). Anyways we reach out & made friends with her. My kids adore her. And she loves us. We still try to be respectful. I let her know when we're going to be babysitting or hosting parties. She doesn't like the noise but she's fine as long as we try to be respectful. I dropped off dinner for her after I babysat 6 kids in my tiny condo (my way to apologize for all the screaming & stomping around). It's hard to be a mean neighbor when people are obviously trying their best. Also we've gone upstairs & told our neighbors to pipe down before. We're friends. We've had them over for dinners, we drop off cookies at Christmas, etc. so if they are keeping us up at night I just slip on a robe, pad upstairs & gently tell them that we're having problems sleeping. Could they please turn the tv down a notch? And I make a point to be super friendly about it. It's not their fault they are loud. Our building just has crappy insulation & we go to bed earlier then they do. The sooner people stop warring with their neighbors the easier life gets.
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