Dealing with upstairs neighbors’ noise is one of the most challenging aspects of living in an apartment. Suppose you suddenly find yourself with a noisy neighbor who’s negatively impacting the quality of your life. In that case, it’s time to educate yourself on how to deal with the loud upstairs neighbors legally.
For Christ’s sake, these people can be a pain in the @$$ when you need peaceful time alone, probably to nap, prepare a report, or meditate.
Changing neighborhoods won’t help because there’s a likelihood that your next neighbor will be worse than your current one.
Whether the noise is caused by normal daily activities such as walking and talking or by weekend late-night parties, you should first try talking with your neighbor. Additional measures can be taken if that doesn’t work or if that doesn’t resolve the problem.
There are different ways on how you can annoy your neighbor both legally and illegally. In this article, we discuss three important topics:
- Upstairs neighbor stomping revenge
- How to annoy upstairs neighbors legally
- How to deal with noisy upstairs neighbors
Upstairs Neighbor Stomping Revenge
Have you tried breaking their legs? You could visit them and break their knee caps, and you’d be sure of no more stomping.
You could hire kidnappers and drive them to another city, or take them across the border into Canada or Mexico. Unfortunately, “people are like dogs,” and they will always find their way back home.
Have you tried smashing a bag of dog poop at their door? There’s a likelihood that this method would backfire as well.
We don’t advocate any of the above mentioned “hacks” because they’re likely to get you in trouble with the authorities.
If you’re serious about dealing with your noisy upstairs neighbors below methods won’t get you in trouble.
1. Petroleum Jelly On Their Doorknob
This won’t get in much trouble if you get caught. Grab some Vaseline jelly and apply on your noisy neighbor doorknob for some unpleasant surprise when they return to their apartment.
Beware, there are smart doorknobs that have hidden camera- or else you get busted immediately.
Not only does Vaseline on their door feel unpleasant, but it will also make it harder for them to open their doors. It’ll make the knob slippery.
Ensure that you don’t jam their door lock with petroleum jelly, or else you will be forced to pay for damages if you get caught.
2. Ceiling Thumper
A ceiling vibrator is a device that will help you get even with your noisy upstairs neighbor.
The “vibrator” is a Chinese invention (read about it here) that uses a motor to create vibrations on your ceiling.
The vibrations are subsequently unleashed on your upstairs neighbor’s floor.
The gadget consists of a motor, WI-FI remote, an extendable rod, and a cable and will cost you as little as US$200.
This gadget is sold by Taobao.com a consumer to consumer platform operated by Alibaba.com
You can have the ceiling vibrator device shipped your US address.
3. Knock On Their Door at Odd Hours
If you genuinely want to get under your neighbor’s nerves, knock on their door at odd hours. For example during their bedtime hours- like very late in the evening or early in the morning
You should make the knock genuine. For instance, you could try and borrow something and make no mistake of allowing them to discover that you’re just trying to mess around with them.
4. Play a Racquetball against Your Ceiling
This hack is similar to the ceiling vibrator discussed above. It’s a cheaper method and highly effective.
Unleash the Serena Williams in you- grab a tennis ball and a racket and spend some few hours volleying the tennis ball against your ceiling during odd hours- late in the evening or early in the morning.
Make sure to perform this when your neighbor is around. You should do it persistently and consistently.
When your noisy neighbor asks you to stop, tell them you’re seriously training for competitions closest to you.
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Below are the most effective ways of dealing with noisy neighbors.
Pick your battles wisely
It’s important to pick your battles carefully and understand that not every battle is worth the fight.
Confronting your neighbor every time you think they’re loud will only make things worse for you.
You can approach your neighbor and complain about loud music the previous night. However, confronting them every time their stereo volume isn’t to your liking could be an indication that you’re allergic to them.
5. Speak To Your Neighbor
Did you know that your neighbor may not be aware that they are being loud? So keep calm and talk to the friendly.
Introduce yourself to them if you don’t know them and highlight to them some examples of the noises you can hear.
6. Are you a good neighbor?
Much as you’d like to complain about your noisy neighbor, one question you should ask yourself whether you’re a good neighbor or not?
Probably you blend your smoothies in the dead of night or run your lawnmower 6 am during the weekends.
You may be surprised to confront your neighbor only for them to confront you back and say, “well, you run your lawnmower early in the morning…. Blah blah blah….” This could worsen the relationship between you and the neighbor.
Don’t write to them or report them
Regardless of how nice you may sound through a formal note of complaint, never leave a note on your neighbor’s door.
According to etiquette expert Emily Post, “ People are not good at writing notes, especially when they aim to correct another person’s behavior.”
Notes, in most cases, are viewed as passive aggressors.
On the other hand, while it’s okay to report your neighbor to property management, try to talk to them if possible.
You’re getting them into trouble without even giving them a chance to correct their situation.
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Whether you go the legal or the illegal way, it’s essential to know that every route you take has its consequences.
We at SoundproofNation.com highly recommend you solve the problem with your neighbor in a peaceful manner.
If nothing works, it’s time to involve the management or call the cops on them.
Meet Mike O’Connor, (a DIY enthusiast), living in Cincinnati, a city ranked as the noisiest in the USA.
As a work from home dad, I have a first hand experience of how noise can truly affect your well being.
Soundproofing isn’t something that should be taken as a hobby, it should be a skill that every homeowner should be equipped with.
Most of the work documented on this blog comes from purely first hand experience, and the products recommended work as indicated.