I’ve been so frustrated with my neighbors lately that I’m seriously thinking of putting my house up for sale. If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you probably know that my house is a semi-detached .. meaning our house is attached to another one and because of that … well .. we can hear our neighbors.
By hear our neighbors I mean, we can hear just about everything … I can hear them walking around in their shoes and talking, I can hear their toddler running around the house playing with her toys, laughing, making sounds, thumping things and screaming and crying and so on.
I try my best to ignore it … but sometimes you just can’t. I mean … before this couple bought the house next door we used to have a family living next to use that loved to Karaoke all the time! Look through some of my old post from 2006 … I have some funny yet frustrated ones about my “Karaoke neighbors” LOL.
I think my neighbors toddler is the biggest problem. She’s about three years old and she still sleeps in her parents bedroom and she wakes up crying just about every night at about 4 am! They just let her scream and sometimes she screams and cries for half an hour. Now we don’t have any kids … in fact it’s looking like I can’t have kids … so it’s kind of unbearable to have to hear someone else’s baby cry every single night and I’ve been hearing this since they brought her home from the hospital. What am I supposed to do … wear my skullcandy earbuds all the time?
The very worst part is that I think the toddler has hit the “terrible” stage! About five weeks ago I started to hear the occasional door slam. Doors would slam in the house next door about three times a day – at different times of day. I could tell it was the little girl doing it … sometimes a door would slam several times in a row, other times just once. I hated it immediately, but I hoped that her parents would take care of it and that within a week or two it would settle down.
After three weeks of constant daily door slams … some happening very early in the morning .. ie 6 or 7 am and some late at night – ie Midnight I was getting pretty fed up. It didn’t seem like our neighbors were doing anything about getting their daughter to stop the door slamming. I’d also noticed that some of the door slams were happening at regular time periods like just after 1 pm in and at about 6:30 pm in the evening … hmmmm maybe that’s when the little girl is very tired or hungry? You’d think that after close to a month her parents would have figured out that there was a pattern to their kids behavior and also figured out a way to stop it … geez … we’d figured out one EASY solution, simply go out and by a bunch of door stoppers and place them in most of the doors then their daughter wouldn’t be able to slam the doors and she’d forget about doing it quickly enough.
About two weeks ago my husband was eating breakfast in a restaurant with his parents and our neighbors were behind them and Chris said something about the door slamming. It seemed like our neighbors had no idea that we could hear the door slamming. Huh … geez … our whole house shakes! Actually our house or ok my couch shakes when the toddler runs around their living room!
Anyway .. after Chris told them we could hear the door slamming it slowed down a bit. It’s still happening, but it’s happening less than it was. We did get mad at them on Good Friday though .. we were trying to sleep in since my husband had the day off work and their little girl must have jumped out of bed and slammed either their bedroom or closest door – at 8:00 in the morning! On a holiday! GRRRRRRR! So my husband, who never sleeps in and who never gets mad, jumped out of bed and started slamming our bedroom door and a couple of dresser drawers before getting back in bed. I guess he wanted to let them know what it sounds like from the other side. It got really quiet on their side after that. Of course their back to making lots of noise again.
Do you have noisy neighbors? How do you deal with it? I know my neighbors are just living their lives .. we’ve asked them many times before if they can hear us and they’ve always said no. I don’t know if they are deaf or if our walls are weird and we get all the sound piped into our home .. we even sound proofed the adjoining wall on the main floor when we had karaoke neighbors and it helped a bit … but not enough. Any ideas?