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Apartment living can be a blessing or a curse. But as long as the pros outweigh the cons you might want to hang in there and consider implementing these tips below and hope that your neighbours do the same. And I've finally figured out what our hellish upstairs neighbours remind me of - pigeons! We had them forever scrabbling around on the roof in our last place, fighting with one another and loosening the root tiles: we couldn't get rid of them either! The only upside to them actually not being pigeons is they're not as unhygienic. Anyway, to the list...
Simple rules for happy neighbours...
The above might sound excessive but day in, day out, the wear and tear of constant noise pollution and lack of sleep or relaxation can be crippling. With so much external noise such as road traffic and inconsiderate passers-by chatting in loud voices below the window or revving motorbike engines at all hours of the night, etc... the last thing you need is to have a noisy neighbour above or below you as well.
Recently a woman successfully sued the family living above her because they made too much noise - she won thousands in compensation. I think this is something we will see more and more of if people can't learn to live together civilly.
Below is a lovely quote from a very old book of manners called "Don't - A Manual of Mistakes & Improprieties more or less prevalent in Conduct and Speech"
DON'T PLAY THE ACCORDION, THE VIOLIN, THE PIANO, OR ANY OTHER MUSICAL INSTRUMENT, TO EXCESS. YOUR NEIGHBOURS HAVE NERVES, AND NEED AT TIMES A LITTLE RELIEF FROM INFLICTIONS OF THE KIND. IF YOU COULD MANAGE NOT TO PLAY ON INSTRUMENTS AT ALL, UNLESS YOU ARE AN ACCOMPLISHED PERFORMER, SO MUCH THE BETTER.
Yes, there is one. Living in an apartment [generally speaking] gives a feeling of security. There's usually going to be one or two neighbours you get on well with who'll be there for you in an emergency or for pet-sitting, and vice versa. It's also nice to have a little human contact. I enjoy baking and sometimes pop cake across to my neighbour (not sure if she actually likes my cooking). And although we occasionally talk about moving somewhere isolated, the old adages 'safety in numbers' and 'no man is an island' keep nagging at the back of my mind. So, to be continued....
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