Post # 1
They are not loud in a sense that they play music or TV too loud, we can’t hear sound coming from them. It’s their footsteps…actually their footSTOMPS. The floor boards up there are SO SQUEAKY, and thats really what bothers us. They can be standing in one place and just redistributing weight on each foot and the whole ceiling will creak. Every night at 11:30 they wake us up by going in their bedroom, which is right above us. I know where they are in their apartment every second. They just moved in 2 weeks ago, and I literally don’t know how I am going to like here another 9 months of our lease. The first day they moved in, they were playing a dance game (I know because we have the same one and when I went into the hallway I could hear the music) and it sounded like the ceiling was going to fall in. In went on for 30 minutes, with me trying to take an test for my classes online, and I was so pissed and banged on the ceiling with a broom. They stopped right after I did that. I felt bad and slightly rude afterward, but I seriously couldn’t take it anymore. Our poor cat just hides all day because she’s so scared of the sound. Yesterday they had about 10 people over and me and the Fiance grabbed our stuff and just drove around for an hour because we were about to go kill them because of the stampede noises and we had to get out of there! I’ve called my mom when I was really mad and she just said this is how every apartment is, and everyone I talk to doesn’t realize how bad it is…It’s driving me crazy!! I’ve been contemplating writing a polite note, saying something about they probably don’t realize how loud they are when they walk, and could they please try and walk lightly, especially at night since we both get up really early and go to bed early and they stay up late. I feel bad because they are just walking, but when I hear them come home it’s about enough to make me get my stuff and go hang out in the car all day, or when I come home and see their cars home, I just want to keep on driving…
I am sorry for the vent, but they are turning me into an crazy bitch monster!!! We have never “met” them, but I hate them more than anyone I’ve ever known. Any suggestions AT ALL will be appreciated…
Post # 3
I know EXACTLY what you are going through right now. Unfortunately I don’t have any advice because I don’t even know what to do myself.
I am a little extra angry in my scenario simply because our landlord promised us we could move in upstaires after she moved out. Then suddenly, we get a sob-story that her friend was living in his truck due to a break up and she rented it to him instead.
Except, he and his girlfriend (thought they broke up, dear landlord?) and three kids and 2 dogs have moved in upstaires. Not. Even. Kidding. So, we are looking for a new place but it’s near to impossible with a dog 🙁
The kids race across the floors all the time. My fiance said he resorted to banging on the ceiling yesterday when they were left home alone. The parents’ bedroom is directly above ours and we clearly hear them making babies on a regular basis. And when they are not home their two dogs bark NON-STOP. Simple act of my dog wagging its tail and hitting the side of the sofa will set these two off.
It’s infuriating to me
Post # 4
That does suck, but if it’s squeaky floor boards, it’s really not their fault. There is no quiet way to walk on squeaky floor boards not matter how slow or light you walk. It’s either going to be a quick squeak or a loooong drawn out one.
Post # 5
I would talk to the landlord since this may not be something you can control honestly. Even if they walk lightly it may still squeak and make noise.
Apts are squeaky, but not to the point where you can live comfortably. I don’t think it is so much your neighbors (and as annoying as they are I don’t think you can ask them to walk lighter or not do what they want to do at 11:30 at night) as it is your apt and maybe the landlord can fix that.
Post # 6
When I lived in apartment a couple years ago I had the same problem. I swear our upstairs ‘neighbors’ would dance all night long super loud. There could not have been another reason there were so many footsteps at 3 in the morning. What’s really weird is they were an older couple but it ALWAYS sounded like they were either dancing or moving furniture. I drove me insane.
I didn’t do anything because I don’t want to create drama with neighbors (could always make things worse) but you could be the sweet little neighbor who brings cookies and says “Hey, i’m from downstairs and was wondering if you could maybe keep it down a little at night? Thanks!”. And then run away.
Post # 7
I feel your pain entirely. My upstairs neighbour has just broken up with her boyfriend and is getting over him by having a string of noisy one night stands, coming in with random guys at 2 and 3 in the morning and her mattress is REALLY squeaky. It’s frustrating. I’ve started being a bit petty and stamping about slamming doors first thing lol. I have tried to talk to this person but she is honestly impossible!
Post # 8
Since it doesn’t sound like they’re doing anything but normal activity, there’s really nothing you can do. Unfortunately, that is just part of living in an apartment and you need to figure out ways to deal with it – be it studying and taking your exams at the library, etc. Maybe you could see about moving to the top floor of the building.
Post # 9
@shrubfish09: This SAME THING happened to me when I lived in my apartment. I loved that apartment. The thing is, there was a family of 4 who lived above me and every now and then I’d hear a noise, but it wasn’t bad at all. Then, this other family moved in and right away, it was stomping, screeching, loud music, more stomping, banging, more stomping, their dog would dig at the floor in the room they locked him in, more screeching on the floor, and of course, more frickin stomping.
So, I bought a house.
Not exactly a feasibly solution for everyone though :/ I also complained to the office, but that did exactly NO good whatsoever. So, I moved out!
Post # 10
I agree with PPs – squeaky floors is not really something your neighbors control. It’d be pretty unfair to ask them to tiptoe around – If I got a note asking me to treadly lightly in my own apartment, I would have to laugh it off and move on with my life. Seriously, they can’t change their entire gait for your comfort. You could probably ask the landlord about it though, maybe they’d be willing to figure out how to make it more acceptable to you (ie, redo the floors or something).
I empathize with you though – our apartments are old and have wood squeaky floors, and I’m pretty sure my upstairs neighbors’ favorite pastime is indoor bowling in their living room lol. I figure people routinely live near train stations and airports and busy streets, so we learned to live with this too. Just gotta adjust how much you allow it to bother you.
Post # 11
It sucks, but it really is just how apartment living is. it’s not their fault and if you’re not on the first floor, I’m sure the neighbors below you feel the exact same way!
Post # 12
You can be like our old neighbors and call the landlord incessantly until we move out! Seriously, it worked.
It was a pain in the ass, the floors were squeaky so we got the landlord called on us weekly. It was a less than 600sqft apt so we never had people over. We were very quiet and our downstairs neighbors made our lives and the landlords a living hell so we moved.
The landlord at one point said he’d get us a large area rug to help with the noise, but he never followed through. You can ask your landlord about that maybe?
Post # 13
@shrubfish09: I have to listen to my next door neighbors perform daily SCREAM karaoke- I totally get it. Unfortunately, this is just apartment living. The thing is, I bet they’re not even stomping. I lived under someone and had this issue and after I became friendly I texted her during a stompathon and she was like, I’m seriously just walking normally. It’s the floor and the acoustics. You can ask them to try to keep it down late at night, but there’s probably nothing they can do.
At night, I run a fan in my room to cancel out street and neighbor noise. It really does help. Can you try a noise machine? Or a nice big fan?
Post # 14
The irritating thing about it all though, is that we moced from across the country, and the landlady, lets call her Kelly, said they are renovating the aparment building and would have ours done by the time we moved in. False. We got an older apartment, on the bottom floor when were promised a top floor. We got a call the day before we moved in (as we are in our car driving across the country) that this change happened and we had to change all of our forwarded mail addresses and etc. So we SHOULD have had a top, new apartment. But instead we got a crappy bottom floor apartment for the same price as the people above us whose is new. We also have had to deal with the construction of said apartment for 3 MONTHS. Imagine how squeaky it is now with 2 people walking, but add 10 men with table saws and hammers and piping and everything from 7am to 6 pm every day. There are 25 apartments that need renovating, and which one do they decide to do? The one right above us. Gah. My blood pressure is going up just thinking about it again right now. We asked Kelly to do something about the floors when they were putting flooring down, but she just said it wouldnt be so bad when they get it all done.
Also, we are about 98% sure Kelly is actually a prostitute acting like a property manager (thats another story) so she is completely useless, as a landlord and a person.
@mamadingdong: I have to sleep with a fan anyway for the noise, but no fan is loud enough to cover the sound. I have even tried sleeping with my head phones in. And during the day I turn the TV up all the way. Nothing helps.
I realize it is how apartment living is, but considering we have had to deal with a supper s***ty situation anyways with the landlord, and we pay way more than people around we are finding out, we shouldn’t have to live in a place where we can’t even live our lives comfortably. If I can’t ask them to change their lives a little bit for my comfort, why should I not deserve comfort as well? When I live above an apartment, I make a point to walk on the balls of my feet and not slam doors, etc. It just makes me so mad that they probably don’t even realize how miserable they make me and are living happy, blissful lives. Secretly (maybe not so secretly) I wish they would start renovating the apartment above theirs just so they know how it feels.
Post # 15
I kind of understand your pain- I used to have a bedroom at the end of the hall and sound would travel from the livingroom to my room. It was bad- I could hear what was going on on the livingroom TV better than my parents could! My solution was getting an air conditioner for the white noise, so maybe you could try something like that. A couple of box fans or a white noise maker would keep a steady stream of background noise to (at least partially) drown out their racket. And I would also send a note requesting that they be quiet late at night.
Post # 16
kind of the price you pay for living in an apartment.