Good Questions: Ceiling Soundproofing Tips?

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Hello AT,

My upstairs neighbors are big stompers, they wear their shoes constantly in the apartment, get up at 6am and clomp around right above my head in the bedroom and they chase their dog back and forth in the living room at 10:30 at night.

I have been in communication with them and with my amazing landlady (she is a gift sent from the heavens). As they refuse to get any area rugs or have carpet installed (the wife claims she's allergic to the carpet), my landlady and the owner of the building have graciously offered to install soundproofing in my bedroom. I know, I'm very, very lucky...

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Here's my question: has anyone had soundproofing installed in their apartment and who did the installation? How much did it cost? How long did it take to install?

Thank you! Jeni

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Dear Jeni,

this is a perennial question that we answer each year and we always hope to get new answers. In short the answer to your question is YES, you can soundproof, but it can be rather involved. We've never done it, but we've blogged a number of solutions and tips which we list here:

How To: Soundproof Your Home
Extreme Soundproofing material
Good Questions: Does Insulation Paint Work?
Good Questions: Ceiling Insulation? - from 2004

Anyone else??

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