Contrary to general perceptions, walking barefooted is NOT silent – many people (such as those in this case) (unconsciously) "slam" their heels on the floor when walking barefooted, producing a huge impact on the floor. If they wear slippers (like I do), the heels cannot directly impact the floor and therefore there is little if any footsteps noise.
I wear slippers and my walk is silent. But If I switch to waking barefooted, with my heels impacting the floor, I can feel and hear the vibration caused by my walking, and so can the people below me – even worse I believe.
But the furniture dragging is annoying as hell too. I am not sure if the neighbor is willing to take up the suggestion though.
sundaymorningstaple wrote:You really haven't investigated how condos are built here then, obviously. Their construction isn't much different than HDB's. The big difference is most condo come with Aircon preinstalled and a fair number have wall to wall carpeting or wooden floors which when laid over a substrate the way they are designed to be here that will usually reduce the knockon effect of hard objects being dragged around. (usually the floors are of a wooden parquet type of affair rather than a strip wooden floor like in the west so are fastened to some sort of substrate rather than directly to the concrete floor - like tiles and marble/granite are). Most noise isn't from walking jumping of children as most Asians wear no footwear in the home.
One thing that really helps are the special funiture pads made of the hard silicone that slides very easily and silently. Wooden chairs are bloody noisy without them.