Post # 1
Mr. D & I are closing on our first home this Friday. We have lived in the same apartment for the past 6.5 years. We love our apartment, it’s been a cute, comfortable little home for us to rent while getting through school and starting our careers.
We have had our share of weird/strange neighbors. The current situation just about tops everything. The male tenant who lives above us has turned his second bedroom in to a gym. This wouldn’t be a problem, except the jumping rope and lifting weights and blasting loud music comes at all hours of the day/night. This morning it started at 4:00 am. Last summer (the entire summer) his workout time was 2:30 am. Doesn’t he realize/care that people live below him?! Obviously not.
Like I said, we’ve lived there a pretty long time. We’ve never been able to hear other tenants talking, their TV’s or music. This guy on the other hand…he will call up people on the phone just to scream at them. F-bomb after f-bomb. He gets in these relationships with different women, and then one night BOOM it’s like all hell breaks loose. Every single girl. They’re up there screaming at one another, throwing things, banging on the walls, swearing. It’s pretty much gotten to the point where it’s unbearable. Which is why I’m so glad to be closing in 3 short days, even if we can’t stay in the new home for a week or so (wiping everything down, painting, and our uHaul isn’t coming until next weekend) the only thing that made waking up at 4:00 am to him is knowing the end is in sight!
Post # 3
@MrsD41503: I know exactly where you’re coming from. I was so happy to get away from annoying apartment neighbors when we bought our house. We lived in a top floor apartment, and the guy who lived 2 floors down blasted his music so loudly that it would shake the floor of our place. He would also stay up until 3am working on his crappy 80’s Toyota. He’d just sit in the parking lot and rev the engine loudly to look cool. He had tools out next to the car, but I’m not sure if he ever did any actual work on the engine. Our new place is so much quieter and I couldn’t be happier. Congrats on closing in a few days!
Post # 4
@MrsD41503: Congrats on your closing!
I completely understand where you are coming from. When I first moved into my apartment in June, the lady that lived in the apartment below me was so aggravating. I work 2 jobs, which requries a lot of 12 hour days. One morning, I was awoken to her HAMMERING nails into her walls at 5:45 a.m. Who in their right mind nails anything to the wall at that time of the morning? Her little “friends” would park in my spot and I could hear their sex nosies through the floor. I was very glad when she moved out.
Post # 5
We are not buying a house but we are moving into a condo next month. Hopefully it will be a lot quieter there! Our bedroom is currently over two garages. One garage belongs to people who run a laundry business. They have a huge commercial washer and dryer in there and of course always start the laundry at about the time we go to bed. Ear plugs do not work as these machines actually vibrate our bedroom. Other garage has a guy who works second shift and loves working on his car when he gets home. This wouldn’t be a huge deal but he uses an air compressor a lot which is really loud. We’ve also been verbally harassed by neighbors for having our guests park in “their” spot (even though those spots are supposed to be reserved for visitors). We are counting down the days until we move out.
Post # 6
I love being in a house. Apartment living was fine, and we had good neighbors inside the apt, but it was the surrounding area that sucked. A guy across the street would weld until 1:30 in the morning. The people beside us would elt their dogs run loose and let their 4 year old go out with a garden shears and chop all the trees to shit.
The most I have to worry about in my house is this cat that comes over at 4:30AM and starts meowing.
Post # 7
When I lived in Boston, I could hear the guy that lived above us peeing. That’s how bad the sound insulation was (old beautiful brownstone building, but so not worth it!!). When we moved to Berkeley last May, we thought we’d be so smart and rent a little bungalow house, instead. Well, turns out the weather is so nice here that everyone has their windows open almost year round, so you can hear everyone’s TV, radio, conversations, and yeah….we could hear the guy next door peeing, when our dining room windows were open. GROSS!
When we decided to buy, we did a new build (3 yrs old) townhome with cement walls between units, and no neighbors above, below, to the front, or back. Just the sides! It’s gloriously quiet! The only time we’ve heard a peep in 4 months was new years’ eve at midnight when people yelled in celebration, and when the Giants won the world series, haha.