There is nothing worse than being woken up at 3 a.m. in the morning to the sound of loud, thumping music from next door or there is nothing more frustrating than being distracted by all the noise coming from your neighbors while you are trying hard to study for an exam next day. Well, loud and noisy neighbors exist in most residential areas and dealing with them without appearing to be the bad guy can be slightly trickier than you expected it to be.

If you happen to be one of those neighbors wondering how to approach telling your neighbors to keep it down, then here are some pointers for you.

Do not pick a fight for everything

This is one of the most important rules when it comes to handling your neighbors. If you get angry every time a sound reaches your home, it appears as though you are aggressive and not willing to cooperate. On the other hand, if you choose your fights carefully, battling your neighbors only when absolutely necessary, your neighbors may be more willing to accept your opinion and see why they might have been troubling you.

Try to cut your neighbors some slack wherever possible.

Approach them with gifts

Yes. It definitely does not hurt to bribe your neighbors a little. Approaching them in a polite manner and appropriate gifts can actually give you some leverage. Your neighbors are bound to be softened by the fact that you brought them gifts. In this case they are more than likely to listen and respect your troubles with the noise that comes from their house. You may be able to negotiate your terms much better and arrive at a friendly compromise rather than ending up with disgruntled neighbors.

Be patient

Getting hot headed and barging into your neighbor's home with threats is definitely not a good way to get your neighbors on your side. Your neighbor may do the exact opposite of what you wish if you appear aggressive. Instead be patient with your neighbors. Explain how they are causing a distraction in your household. Also mention how much you would appreciate it if they were able to keep the noise down to a tolerable level. Be polite even if you are at the end of your wits. Remember, no threats since threatening your neighbors ends up with you being surrounded by neighbors who are unwilling to help you if you need them.

Soundproof your walls

When you are in an apartment, the easiest way to deal with all the noise from the neighboring tenants is to simple soundproof your walls. This creates a win-win situation for both you and your noisy neighbors. They can carry on with their noise while you get to sit peacefully inside your house. Soundproofing also ensures that sound from your flat does not trouble others around you.

You can use neoprene shields to block the sound from your neighbors. This way there are no fights or disagreements.

Report if that's what you must do

If you have gone over and talked to your neighbors several times, to no avail, then you are left with no option other than to complain to the landlord or the owner. When reporting, try to make sure to simply ask the landlord to request your neighbors to keep it down. Emphasize on the fact that while you do not mind them having fun, it would be better if they did not disturb the whole neighbor. Do not take any harsh actions you will regret later and try to avoid petty complaints.