building type & neighbor noise
I'm specifically looking for info on noise transmittal in the type of building I'm in. This is the first apt I've had, so have nothing else to compare to. I am in one bdrm first floor apt, and have the usual problem of a stomping upstairs neighbor. I've been here almost a year and have not gotten used to it, and it affects my ability to get a decent night's sleep. I like my building, and am wondering if moving to a top floor apt would be worth it (if one ever comes avail.), b/c after reading some of the posts, I didn't realize that stomping, etc. could be actually be heard from below as well!
So, firstly here's the stats: brick 14 unit bldg w/1 & 2 bdrm apts built in 1940
heat: old fashioned gas radiator
a/c: none (must get own window unit)
laundry: in basement
What I hear from upstairs: her stomping, her tv & music, if turned up loud enough, her peeing & flushing. Basically, anything that come in contact with the floor.
What I don't hear: her talking, phone ringing, cabinets shuting
What I can live with: everything but the stomping. And I've tried earplugs, fans, white noise, tv - nothing works - that stomping cuts through everything and I just fixate on it!
Now, that makes me wonder what she can hear from me, if anything. Esp. I often have to get up early for work, and my alarm goes off at 4:45 - 5 am and I push snooze at least 4-5 times (mornings are tough for me).
Is there anyone out there who lives in a similar type building who could let me know what sounds transmit up?
I'd like to know for 1) if I can get a top-floor, what I could expect and
2) when I go talk to her, since she's basically nice, I'd like to be able to offer up any "if you stop this, I'll stop that" kind of option - and would like to be prepared for what that might be.
The property managers are a colorful older down-home couple who live in a basement unit (I have storage lockers under my apt). They are good hearted, but are real talkative and tell a lot of stories about the 40 years they lived here, and I feel they'd just be more of a headache than a help.
p.s. - she knows she's a stomper. the previous tenant was her best friend, who told her she had a heavy foot. When I first moved in, she told me this herself... " I hope I'm not too loud, so-n-so told me I was always stomping around"
Thanks for any advice, etc!