I am this poster's
neighbor. Well, not exactly, but my downstairs neighbors are frequently upset with us for making too much noise. At least once a week they call to complain, and when they do, the building staff buzzes my apartment. The buzzer is extremely loud and jarring, and of course they always manage to do it just as I am trying to put baby Snickerdoodle down for a nap.
Things we have done:
1. Installed a soundproofing layer under our floors
2. Put large rugs in every room except the bathroom and kitchen (and even that has a kitchen pad)
3. Volunteered to sit in their apartments while my husband walks around to see if there are trouble spots that we can address (they did not take us up on this)
4. Stopped wearing shoes in the apartment
This has been going on for several years, but things have gotten far worse since I had a baby, as she wakes up early and so do we. Recently, they started pounding on the ceiling when baby Snickerdoodle drops or pushes something on the floor, and now she thinks it's a fun game. I honestly don't know how they'll cope when she starts running around.
We all own, so moving is not feasible. What can I do to improve relations? If you've been my downstairs neighbor, what actions did your noisy neighbors take to make you feel better? I just want these calls to stop.
For what it's worth, our apartment was only used occasionally by the previous owners, so I think they just got used to having no neighbors.