Neighbors Complaining About our Children's Noise
Hi fellow parents! I'm sure those of us who live with others, especially others who don't have children have dealt with this at some point so I'd like to hear suggestions of what others have done. Some background, we live in the upstairs apartment with cork floors and are pretty sure there's been "blown-in" insulation in at least a couple of the rooms. We have lived in the downstairs unit as well so we do know that you can definitely hear sounds down there when people are moving around upstairs. Anyway, our downstairs neighbors have been complaining for a while about the noise from our kids (5.5 and 2.5). We have tried unsuccessfully to quiet our children down, because they're kids and they like to dance, run, stomp, play, etc. We try to get them outdoors as much as possible but can't really avoid all noise. The level of anxiety I feel about trying to keep my kids quiet is intense yet the neighbors are still complaining. So clearly we need to do something else. I suspect that we may need a sound or acoustic engineer to come and assess but assume that this will be expensive and whatever they recommend will cost a lot. Has anyone dealt with something similar and had success (i.e. downstairs neighbors happy)? I guess my fear is that we will go through an incredible amount of stress and expense (including possibly relocating for extensive construction) in order to still have complaints from below and anxiety from above. Would love any advice, commiseration, etc!