How To Work With Loud Construction Noise Next Door?

How To Work With Loud Construction Noise Next Door?

Gregory Han
Jul 26, 2013

Q: I've been working from home for a year now, which has been fantastic. I love my home office! Well, at least until last week, when a construction crew set up next door and started on a demolition/renovation project. I was told it will be at least another 2 weeks before the heavy duty work is finished. What would you recommend between now and then?

Sent by Carlos

Editor: A friend lent me a pair of Quiet Comfort 15 headphones during what unexpectedly became a loud and bumpy airline flight from LA to NYC, where upon landing I also stayed at a loud (but not bumpy) hotel where the active noise-cancelling headphones came in handy yet again. The Quiet Comfort 15's are not cheap at $299.95, so if your budget is a little more limited (like my own; I wanted a pair afterward, but $150 was my ceiling), the  Audio-Technica ATH-ANC7B QuietPoint models are just a few steps down in noise-cancelling capability, but a lot more affordable.

But then again, I've assumed you wanted to counteract the loud construction noises with music. If all you want is less audible noise intruding into your home office, a pair of $20 noise reduction ear muffs can hush sounds with a Noise Reduction Rating of 30dB.

If worst comes to worst, consider working from a local public library where there's free wi-fi available, or find a by-the-day/week workspace for freelancers, such as Blankspaces or The Hive as a temporary work relocation spot. Sometimes even with headphones or noise-reducing ear muffs, construction noise nearby can be equally felt and heard, and it's best to wait things out from afar.

Leave your additional suggestions and thoughts for Carlos in the comments below- thanks!

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