Top 5 Worst Types Of Neighbor Noise And How To Deal With These Disasters


5 Types of Noisy Neighbors

We’ve all been there – you’ve showered, polished off your nightcap, you’re getting all tucked into bed when you hear it: THUMP THUMP THUMP. Having noisy neighbors is a pretty much universal experience and it’s universally unpleasant! Here are our five worst types of neighbor noise, as well as some suggestions for how to deal with these disasters.

Noisy neighbors is a pretty much universal experience

The Nighttime Shift

This is a hard one. On one hand, you feel sorry for these guys. A baker getting ready for work at 2 AM, a bartender who pulls in at 5:30 smelling like the worst kind of bachelorette party – that kind of lifestyle has to get old! On the other hand, though, you need your beauty sleep. It’s hard not to complain when something as simple as the slamming of a car door or a late night phone call can significantly interrupt your REM. To deal with these renters, try upping your level of respect during the daytime. They need sleep too, so maybe they’ll return the favor!

Kids and Dogs

Noisy kids can be a headache

When you think of noisy neighbors, you’re probably thinking of a situation like this: dogs barking at all hours, babies crying, kids screaming and running while their parents yell in the background. It doesn’t sound good, does it? Here’s the problem with these renters: you can’t stop them. Talk to the parents and owners as often as you want, but no one can truly control a child or an animal. If you’re dealing with these little terrors, the best you can do is wait it out. Kids and animals both grow and mature quickly, so just keep telling yourself, “This is only a phase.”


Musicians make interesting neighbors because you never know what’s going to happen next! However, the worst thing about musicians is that they don’t have a strong sense of context. Maybe they blasted death metal at 11 last night, but at 7 this morning they were playing Wonderwall on their ukuleles. Sometimes, they can be fun neighbors – everyone likes a good song once in a while, but it’s always a roll of the dice. Hopefully, the serenade that caresses your ears tonight is one that rocks you right to sleep. If it’s not, run on over and see if they take requests!


Nobody wants to hear your new boots

The stomper can be anyone, from any walk of life. These noisy neighbors are unpredictable and can be hard to trace. The major issue with stompers is that sometimes, they don’t even realize what they’re doing. You can talk to your neighbors again and again, but they’ll swear up and down they walk like mice. Once you finally catch them stomping, they say they can tone it down, but do they ever? If you’re living near a stomper, I wish you the best of luck.

College Students

College students can be the epitome of the noisy neighbor! Often they are a combination of all the other categories – they party, they have unreliable schedules, they play music and invite over their friends and stomp around. A college student might ask you to be quiet at 6:30 PM when they’re studying, then have all their friends over at midnight for a not-so-quick gaming session. When you have a problem with an apartment full of college students, I recommend you follow the age-old adage: If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em!


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