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to think my neighbours could have told me they were having loads of work done??

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curiousgeorgie Wed 27-Aug-14 09:20:02

Yesterday banging and drilling started at 8.30. That's fine, it's not too early ( although DD1 had been ill in the night and was in bed, but that's not their fault.)

The banging and drilling isn't just through one wall, it sounds like its through all of them. And the dog seems to think someone is at the door / window so is barking constantly.

It finished at about 6.30pm and then there was less frequent banging and scratching (I think wallpaper being peeled?) until around 9.

This morning it started at 7.45. I'm having to ring my mum to get her to pick up my dog because the barking is crazy. Yesterday my DD2 couldn't have a nap because of the noise and was a very special kind of moody all afternoon & evening.

If they had told me, I could have arranged for our dog to be at my parents house, I could have made plans for these few days rather than planning these two days at home.

If you were having loud, prolonged work done and you knew you had a SAHM with young children next door, wouldn't you inform them??

NorwaySpruce Wed 27-Aug-14 09:23:43

Well if I were having prolonged work done (i.e. month's of it) yes I'd mention it.

A week of internal work, no, I wouldn't think to.

Isabelleforyourbicycle Wed 27-Aug-14 09:25:43

I tell my neighbours when we are having noisy work done (we are detached so impact not as much)

I tell them regardless of whether they are SAHM or have dogs, it's just common courtesy.

Shame you didn't know about the work to organise your dog to be moved but that is life eh?

Thebodyloveschocolateandwine Wed 27-Aug-14 09:27:55

No to be honest unless it was a big prolonged extension affecting you for weeks.

It's life.

BucktoothedGirlinLuxembourg Wed 27-Aug-14 09:29:34

No but then we aren't attached to our neighbours

ziggiestardust Wed 27-Aug-14 09:29:43

YANBU. We had the same here last night and over the weekend. I knock if we're putting pictures up because the other side of is has a nervy little dog and she gets upset easily. It's not hard, it's not like they're asking permission; it's a courtesy.

curiousgeorgie Wed 27-Aug-14 09:30:36

Exactly. I wouldn't expect them to ask permission, but just letting me know would be nice...

curiousgeorgie Wed 27-Aug-14 09:32:21

And it's not just internal work. It's also new windows.

pregnantpause Wed 27-Aug-14 09:37:14

Yanbu- I tell my neighbours when we are doing anything out of the ordinary ( not least as if I don't they will come and askshock) but one of my neighbours annoyed me when I first moved in- he was doing something in the garden- very very noisy power tools all day long- it was summer and I had told him I was having a garden party for dds birthday- I was really annoyed he didn't mention he's be doing work out there. He didn't mention it because he does it all the timehmm there's a concrete block 'shed' in his garden he likes to break down and rebuild in different areas. He likes sanding things. I once saw him pick up an old door which had been left in the lane and proceed to sand it and chop it into lengths with his power tools. Then he put it in a recycling bag and out for rubbish. He's a bored retired man who loves power tools and can't face a weekend without themconfused prick

wheresthelight Wed 27-Aug-14 09:40:41

I guess it depends on the length of the work. 2-3 days no probably wouldn't make an effort to tell the neighbours but would mention it if I happened to bump into them. a week or longer work then yes I would pop round to let them know.

Numanoid Wed 27-Aug-14 09:40:48

I would let the neighbours know if we were having noisy, prolonged work done regardless if they were a SAHP or not. There could be night shift workers next door, or someone who has been working late, there's sometimes no way of knowing.

Numanoid Wed 27-Aug-14 09:43:48

I've been in that position when I stayed with my parents - I worked part-time so could have uni in the morning then I'd sometimes work until 10pm. It would usually coincide with me being off the next morning so I knew I could catch up on sleep. But then our neighbours got workmen in to create a room in the loft (they never told us), I think they might just have been friends of the family because they started as early as 7am, were there all day, working on and off, and it went on for at least 2 months, as far as I can remember. They often worked weekends too.
I couldn't sleep for the noise, and it annoyed my parents when it went on at the weekends, too. :/

Bunbaker Wed 27-Aug-14 09:44:16

My next door neighbour is a DIY enthusiast and he never warns us about what he intends to do. It doesn't bother me because it doesn't impact on our daily life anyway as our houses are detached.

If we lived in a semi or terraced house I would warn the neighbours out of common courtesy.

misssmapp Wed 27-Aug-14 09:44:47

I tell neighbours for major work, but not small projects. Our neighbours had new windows put in a few weeks ago, they hadn't told us, but it wasn't too noisy. It made me feel less guilty about the noise my boys make to be honest!

GemmaWella81 Wed 27-Aug-14 09:48:35

Annoying but that's the way it is....

Perhaps your dog and baby annoy them at times

If you were both closer then maybe you'd of gotten some notice

ziggiestardust Wed 27-Aug-14 09:55:06

So it's the OP's fault? shock

curiousgeorgie Wed 27-Aug-14 09:56:06

We told them when we were having a garden party for DD's birthday. And we told them when we had a gardener come for the day to cut stuff back... I just expected the same courtesy to be honest.

BerylStreep Wed 27-Aug-14 09:56:35

I wouldn't tell the neighbours, unless it was major building work.

I would be extremely pissed off if I lived next door to someone who had a dog that barked all the time though.

curiousgeorgie Wed 27-Aug-14 10:00:26

He doesn't bark all the time. He's barking because there's constant banging that sounds like the front door.

OnlyLovers Wed 27-Aug-14 10:04:36

Well, YANBU as it's common courtesy to one's neighbours, but I don't see what it has specifically to do with you being a SAHM with children.

DonkeysDontRideBicycles Wed 27-Aug-14 10:05:36

Work over the weekend and especially with an early start, yes I'd want a heads up. During the week, considerate to mention. But unless you are on good terms and see each other frequently I wouldn't be expecting advance notice for indoor work.

peggyundercrackers Wed 27-Aug-14 10:10:30

nope I wouldn't tell our neighbours if we were getting work done - however ive also got to say in all the houses we have lived in we have not had any of our neighbours tell us they are getting work done either so its a two way street.

LEMmingaround Wed 27-Aug-14 10:11:02

What time does your dd nap? Could you ask them not to make noise during that time?

DaisyFlowerChain Wed 27-Aug-14 10:12:13

If over the weekend I'd likely mention it but not in the week. Given every time they go out the dog barks and drives me batty the least they can do is put up with a few bangs from workmen when needed.

StillStayingClassySanDiego Wed 27-Aug-14 10:12:27

Oh dear, it's a bugger when this happens but that's life I'm afraid..

Are you semi detached, that's even worse.

Why did you tell your neighbours about the Gardener cutting back, that's not especially noisy is it?

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