How do I walk more quietly?
August 23, 2011 1:20 PM Subscribe
My neighbors complained to me (in a polite, reasonable way) about me walking too loudly. How can I fix it?
posted by oranger to grab bag (38 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I moved into the second floor of a building, right above a family. I've been living there around three months, and my neighbor just told me about this recently. The place has pretty bad sound isolation, which is definitely part of the problem.
My neighbor was pretty polite and nice about it. He said that I'm generally not otherwise noisy, but that I'm the loudest walker who's lived in the apartment in all the time he's been there. I'm not inclined to believe that he's making it up or being overly sensitive.
I'd really like to not be a Horrible Neighbor, but I'm really not aware that I walk particularly loudly! I don't wear shoes inside or stomp a lot, and am not particularly heavy. I have hardwood floors, which are kind of creaky when I walk, and no carpets. I'm not really willing to get carpets. Are there magic tricks to this?