How to Survive Your Neighbor’s Construction Noise

Any kind of major construction project is loud and dirty. For homeowners starting
their project, they have the anticipation of the finished product to look
forward to. What if the project isn’t your own, but your neighbor’s? You
have all the hassle and noise with none of the excitement of the results. Having
construction happening next door is never fun, but you can mitigate the
negative aspects by following a few tips.

Talk to Your Neighbor, then Talk to the Contractor

In a perfect world, your neighbor will come to you first to discuss their plans, but this isn’t always
the case. At the first sign of construction, get in touch with the home owners and
discuss the scope and time-frame of their project. Discuss any specific issues
or occasions you have planned which the project could impact, such as a
family illness, new baby, or backyard celebration.

Neighbor Construction Noise and Dust

Try to be away from home as much as possible during the project. Keep your doors and
windows closed to prevent particles from entering your home that may potentially
cause health issues. Check with your local building department to understand the hours
that a construction company can work, and work with your neighbor to hold them accountable.

There are several ways that you may block some of the noise:

Last Resort

Did your due diligence in trying to talk to your noisy neighbor, but they aren’t grasping the seriousness of the situation? If they refuse to cooperate, you can compose a demand letter and inform your neighbor of the possible consequences of their actions.

Finally, remember that this will end. You may need to live next door to the owner for years to come and maintaining a good relationship with your
neighbors is more important than a few weeks of hassle.