I watch a lot of the home buying and renovation shows that are on HGTV, and most of those shows feature people looking for a better place to live. Sometimes they are looking for a place that is closer to work so that they can reduce their time spent commuting each day. Sometimes they want a complete lifestyle overhaul that puts them closer to the beach or right in the middle of downtown – or sometimes out in the middle of nowhere so that they can have a nice little plot of land.
No matter how many of these shows that I watch, none of them touch on the problem that recently took top honors in a poll of the things that result in the most unhappiness with your housing situation. The Guardian identified seven different things that result in a frowny face as it pertains to your living situation.
The number one problem? Noise from your neighbor.
I can sympathize with this – a LOT! Currently, I live by a family with a single mom who leaves the kids alone 99% of the time. The oldest kid seems to be around 15 years old and the youngest around 5 or 6 years old. Total number of kids left unsupervised: four on most days, but sometimes they bring friends home from school.
You’d be amazed at how annoying it is to hear a kid bounce a basketball in the kitchen for about 10 hour straight. Or the constant sound of kids running up and down the staircase.
In the recent past, I’ve had to endure neighbor noise that includes:
- unruly dogs that run back and forth all day long
- crying babies
- dogs that bark all night long
- loud music/video games/television watching
- abnormally loud phone calls
And that is just in the past three years!
Unfortunately, my experience with loud neighbors is not unique. In fact, there are tons of people out there dealing with all different sorts of noise from their neighbors. And while you cannot make these people be any quieter, there is something that you can do about this nuisance.
Solve That Home Noise Problem
The answer lies in soundproofing your living space.
It does not matter if you live in a rented apartment or a 3,000 square foot home that you own outright. Soundproofing your home is something that each of us can do. And the exact steps that we take include things that fit pretty much every budget and living situation.
For some ideas on where to get started, take a peak at our tips on soundproofing your bedroom or apartment. This article has some great budget soundproofing tips that you can apply to your entire home.
Another easy way to soundproof your home is to cover all of the windows with noise cancelling curtains. While designed for giving you uninterrupted sleep, they are actually great for all the time soundproofing.
And if you live in an actual house that you can do some renovations on, or are planning on building your own home, then these home soundproofing tips will help you to get started the right way.