There’s no denying that loud neighbors can have quite a negative impact on your life. They can make it hard to sleep, study, watch a movie, and just live in peace! We’ve provided helpful suggestions for dealing with noisy neighbors before, and even helped make sure YOU’RE not the noisy neighbor. If your neighbor hasn’t responded to repeated (and polite) requests to keep it down, then it might be time to get serious with an official noise complaint. Read the rest of this entry »
So you’ve settled into your new apartment and want to make friends with your neighbors. Maybe they’re quiet and almost transparent, making you overly cautious – or maybe they host rowdy football Sundays when you’re trying to get in some quiet time. Either way, it’s good to know how to deal with people that you share a wall (or a ceiling) with. Here are some tips on how to keep your cool and earn your neighbors’ respect, which will become a surprising advantage in your apartment life.
Be keen with social cues
Whether you’re looking to be friends or just apartment allies, you need to figure out the ways of your neighbors. Do they avoid any and all interaction, or do they ask how you’re doing when they see you? It’s important to introduce yourself no matter their behavior, but beyond that, interact as much as they want to. Any more or less and you’re in the danger zone of either bothering the introverts or offending the talkative ones. Having a good reputation with your building-mates has tons of benefits. Neighbors can help you out of a tough situation like a dead car battery, or cooperate with you if you plan on having a holiday party. Read the rest of this entry »
Noisy neighbors are a common complaint for apartment tenants. However, if you complain about your noisy neighbor, it’s likely that they say the same thing about you from time to time. Even if you have carpet flooring, sometimes you need to take additional steps to keep your apartment soundproof. If you tend to listen to a lot of loud music or play motion related video games, it might be essential for you to limit your sound and stay on your neighbor’s good side. Here are a few tips on keeping the noise level down in your apartment: Read the rest of this entry »
THUMP. BUMP. WHUMP. If you’ve ever lived on the bottom floor, these kinds of noises might be all too familiar — but what’s going on up there? When you go knock on your upstairs neighbors’ door to discuss the noise, they never seem to have any idea what you’re talking about. Here are a few theories that you may want to ponder next time you feel compelled to go upstairs and investigate.
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The day has finally come: after a thorough search to find an apartment, you have finally settled on a new home! And now that you’ve decided on the perfect apartment, you’ll want to share the news about your move with everybody. (After all, how else will they know where to send all those housewarming presents?) Here are a few tips for getting the word out about your big move after you find an apartment that you love.
Send Moving Announcements
Once you find an apartment to call your own, you may be excited enough to tell friends and family ASAP. That’s fine! Just allow plenty of time to get announcements out. If you want a professional to do the job, allow about 2-3 weeks for the printer to complete the announcements. If not, you can certainly do them yourself, but make time so you won’t be juggling both finishing the announcements and packing up for the big move. You could also make the announcements yourself after you move into your new apartment so you don’t feel rushed, and maybe include a photo or a personal note in the announcements. Just make sure you get them done sooner rather than later! Projects like announcements are easy to put off when you start to unpack and decorate. Want to simplify matters? Send out an email! It’s a little less personal, yes, but ultimately much faster.
Meet Your Neighbors
Even if you don’t think you’ll interact much, it’s always a good idea to be on good terms with your neighbors. Stop by and knock on their doors for a brief introduction so you’ll be able to say a friendly hello next time you meet on the stairs.
Don’t Forget to Tell Your Mailman
… well, in a manner of speaking. Whenever you change addresses, you need to let the USPS know so your mail can be forwarded to you. Thanks to the wonders of the Internet, this process is now incredibly easy; just do it online through the USPS website!
Throw a Housewarming Party
There’s nothing like a gathering of friends and family for a housewarming party in a new apartment to make it feel like home. Let your housewarming party invitations double as change-of-address cards, then put out some hors d’oeuvres and invite your new neighbors over to join the party!
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Apartment Noise: What a Racket!
Windows facing a busy street, a close proximity to a bus or train stop, loud air conditioners and heaters, noisy neighbors who love to party — any of these things can make for a serious apartment noise. While apartment noise issues are certainly something you want to watch out for when you’re looking to rent an apartment, sometimes it’s worth dealing with apartment noise when the place is just plain awesome and you don’t want to pass it up. Other times, in cases of noisy air conditioners, appliances and rowdy neighbors, it’s a not-so-pleasant surprise when you move in.
Apartment Noise Abatement
So how do you go about reducing apartment noise? Wearing earplugs is one idea, though not everyone is a fan of wearing them when they go to bed or are at home. But there are some things you can do to reduce annoying apartment noise.
- If you’re not keen on hearing cars and buses drive by your apartment at all hours of the day and night, or if there’s a bar or restaurant close by that stays open late, consider putting up heavy drapes to help absorb the noise. Window treatments to reduce apartment noise – like heavy drapes, which can be paired with noise reduction shades for an even more effective result – can be a big help.
- Rugs are another idea, and like drapes, perform double-duty as decor and a way to reduce apartment noise.
- Line the walls with sound-absorbing material like eggcrate-shaped Styrofoam. With the right decor, this can actually look stylishly modern and minimalist.
- Is your air conditioner, heater or another appliance the source of the apartment noise? Call up your landlord or apartment management office and let them know that there’s an issue. In some cases, they may be willing to move you into a different, less-noisy unit, or they might just send a repairman out to take care of the problem.
- Get an air filter. For $75-$150, these machines not only clean and filter the air in a room, but they produce white noise that might help you sleep better.
- If the problem is noisy neighbors, try politely asking them to keep it down. If they don’t respond, speak with your apartment manager about it. They’ll likely be able to improve the situation.
If That Fails…
If you’ve tried everything to reduce apartment noise and you’re still not happy, just remember that you don’t have to stay there forever. Take a look at your lease, find out when you’re able to move out, and find an apartment for rent that’s as quiet as possible. Remember, it’s always easier to ask tenants about problems at a new apartment before moving in rather than finding out about apartment noise problems afterwards.
Proper Apartment Etiquette Makes You a Considerate Neighbor
Every apartment complex seems to have one of them – the noisy and inconsiderate neighbor that doesn’t think their actions affect everyone around them. If that person would just practice proper apartment etiquette like the rest of the tenants; then life would be a lot more pleasant at the complex. Maybe that person has never been taught proper apartment etiquette or maybe they just forgot. Next time you see that person, you can provide them with this little refresher course.
Apartment Etiquette: Noise
Noise is probably the biggest complaint received by management offices. Please remember that you have people all around you and that 11:00 on a Tuesday night is not the best time to be testing out the power of your new subwoofer. Most apartments have “silent hours” listed in the lease or posted on the grounds. Your safest bet is to assume that quiet hours are from about 10:00 p.m. until 9:00 a.m.; however you can always ask just to make sure.
Apartment Etiquette: Laundry Room
There is nothing more frustrating than going to do your laundry and finding that all the washers are full even though they have finished washing. All occupants have to do laundry. Respect your neighbors and check on your laundry often and make sure to relocate or remove your clothes immediately upon completion of the washing or drying cycles.
Apartment Etiquette: Common Areas
Just like the name implies, common areas are for everyone to use. Having cookouts and leaving the area and the grill messy or always having so many friends over to the complex pool that nobody else can even enjoy it are not ways to win over your neighbors. If you constantly treat the common areas as if they were your own, your neighbors are going to be counting down the days until you move.
Apartment Etiquette: Pets
If you are a pet owner and you live in an apartment complex, do not expect everyone to love your pet as much as you do. Keep your dog on a leash, control their barking and clean up after your pet. Many apartment complexes offer rewards to people that report bad pet owners. Not to mention, you could find yourself and Fido looking for a new place to live. Pet ownership in an apartment complex is thought of as a privilege, not a right.
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Tips for Having a Green Apartment
Green apartment dwellers make better neighbors. Why such a bold statement? Frankly, it’s because it’s true. When you live in a green apartment, you are helping to make the world a better place for you and all of your neighbors. So in order to assist you in becoming a better neighbor, the following are some tips on how to have a green apartment.
Green Apartment Tip Number One
One of the easiest ways to move your apartment in the green direction is to simply turn down your thermostat. By lowering your thermostat one degree in the winter and raising it one degree in the winter, you can reduce your energy costs by almost five percent.
Green Apartment Tip Number Two
Switching out your apartment supplied showerhead with a low-flow showerhead is one of the most effective ways to conserve water in your apartment. They are inexpensive and take seconds to install and are likely to reduce your water consumption by 50%. Also, make sure you are using “green appliances” that have an energy star rating.
Green Apartment Tip Number Three
Replacing your light bulbs with compact fluorescent bulbs is a great way to turn your apartment into a green apartment. Changing out just five of your bulbs could reduce your yearly electric bill by $100 and they will help remove greenhouse gases from the air. Whoever thought that changing light bulbs could be so rewarding?
Green Apartment Tip Number Four
Recycle, recycle, recycle. This is always the quickest way to become a little greener. If you are unsure about whether or not your apartment complex has recycling, just ask your apartment manager. If they don’t, try working with the management office to start an apartment-wide recycling program.
Green Apartment Tip Number Five
Finally, make sure that your air conditioning filter is getting changed, and checked, as often as it needs to be. Energy Star, a joint program established by the Environmental Protection Agency and the United States Department of Energy, recommends checking the filter monthly and having them changed at least every three months. If you haven’t seen your maintenance man in a while, you might want to give your leasing agent a friendly reminder.