Most of us who’ve lived in apartment buildings have endured that really bad year – or years – when we were the ‘downstairs neighbors’ hearing all the ruckus leaking through the floors from upstairs.
Or maybe you’ve had the misfortune of always being on the bottom floor, forced to listen to what often sounds like a herd of elephants passing overhead at 1 in the morning. Every morning.
So for all of us who’ve been the unlucky downstairs neighbor, here are five thoughts we’ve all had of what the heck is going on upstairs…
1. Is that a stampede?
Sometimes it sounds like bowling balls and sometimes it sounds like a thousand galloping feet overhead running from one end of the apartment to the next.
When your neighbors have kids, this almost seems to make sense. But when they don’t… you can’t help but wonder:
Is that a stampede upstairs??
2. Do they ever sleep?
Even worse than the stampeding is the fact that it – along with other suspicious noises – tend to happen at the worst of times. Usually when you’re trying to get some shuteye.
It’s like it doesn’t matter what time of the night or day you go to bed, you can always hear them shuffling and stomping about upstairs.
3. How much do these people weigh?
If you’ve never seen your neighbors but have heard their heavy footfalls overhead, it can seem like two fat samurais wrestling all day.
There’s just no way an averaged size person can stomp that hard on their way to the bathroom at 3AM… but they do.
4. They are totally doing this on purpose.
After a while, you just can’t help but think they must be doing it all on purpose. It must be some conspiracy to make your life a living hell. Did you steal their parking space once? Or maybe played music too loud, late one Saturday night?
Whatever it is, sometimes it feels like they’re deliberately just trying to make us suffer.
5. Was I that bad when I lived upstairs?
But then… after a while, you also start to wonder, ‘Was I that bad when I was the upstairs neighbor?’ It’s likely your downstairs neighbor will give you a resounding yes.
Maybe all upstairs neighbors just become evil once they move in. It must be something in the flooring, or the secret power derived from living over people’s heads…
What have your thoughts been about your noisy neighbors upstairs? Sound off in the comments below!
About the Author
Alexis Chateau is the Founder of College Mate and Managing Director at Alexis Chateau PR. She is an activist, writer, and explorer. Follow her stories of trial and triumph at www.alexischateau.com.