When you have a large family and you live in a two-story house, oftentimes, you may have issues with your upstairs neighbors stomping on purpose. Whether it’s because of their children, cats, dogs, etc. you may find that they don’t hesitate to stomp on those of you who reside upstairs. In fact, some people will do it even when you’re not home. You will never understand what it’s like living downstairs and having all your carpet ripped up by your upstairs neighbor. You know, the one that stomped on your favorite pair of slippers right before you left for work.
Now that we have that out of the way, let’s talk about why you should be concerned if your upstairs neighbors are stomping on purpose. The most important reason to be concerned if your upstairs neighbors are doing it is because it could affect your sleep. Whether you’re a parent or a child, there is nothing worse than coming home to a house full of noise.
When you are sleeping, your brain is very likely to be thinking about the events of the day. That means your upstairs neighbors won’t have to work very hard to keep you awake. If you are a pet owner, you probably know this already. Pet owners often say things like “why is my dog so restless?” Unfortunately, the answer is “because it’s loud”, not “why is it so noisy?”
Another very common problem upstairs is noise pollution. A downstairs neighbor can be just as much of a nuisance as a downstairs neighbor because both can cause interference to you hear. This is particularly true when there is no siren or other obvious warning sign up. When there is a knock at your door, you can’t help but be distracted from your sleep. Your sleep could well be ruined by the noise from downstairs neighbors.
There are simple steps you can take to ensure that noise won’t wake you up and/or ruin your sleep. One solution is to install a siren. Many upstairs neighbors will install an electric stairway alarm that goes off whenever someone walks through the stairs. This can be a simple, low cost solution to solving most problems.
Another simple solution is to use barriers between you and your downstairs neighbors. Barriers can be installed using materials that are visible and may deter some types of behavior. For example, materials that are solid colored and that match your home can deter most noises, even those that originate from upstairs neighbors.
There are many situations where a peaceful existence in your home might be threatened by neighboring, noisy neighbors. There are a variety of steps homeowners can take to address the problem. But no matter what measures homeowners take, the bottom line remains that noise is the number one enemy upstairs. And even more frightening, most situations involving stomping come when neighbors aren’t even aware they are causing the problem in the first place.
So if you’re living in a home with neighbors, make sure you know who they are and what is their relationship with you. Most importantly, keep an eye out for things like crickets, bed bugs, or snakes. If an incident comes to light, address it quickly so it doesn’t escalate into anything that could hurt anyone. The last thing anyone needs is a nasty bite from a venomous snake!
One of the best ways to keep your peace is to have a pet. If there are no ferrets and gerbils in your neighborhood, there are many great choices for a great indoor rat or gopher pet. If you do not have a choice, a cat or a dog is great as they can help keep unwanted critters out of the stairs. It’s especially important to keep any stairs squeaky clean to discourage unwanted stomping from upstairs neighbors.
When it comes to keeping the peace, it’s really a numbers game. If neighbors all want to stomp on your stairs, chances are your stairs are going to get stomped too. As loud as the sound of two feet three inches deep when someone stomps their sneakers on your stairs, the sound of several cans hitting the floor can be much louder. Keep the volume level down so you don’t scare the socks off your guests or neighbors.
In a nutshell, to keep your well-being in check you need to be cognizant of your surroundings and your neighbors. Listen to what they have to say, and take measures to reduce the noise. Don’t be afraid to speak up and let them know that you won’t tolerate this kind of behavior. It’s likely that others will follow your example and refrain from making noise themselves.