I made a post about noise complaints and got some great advice. I have a duplex (3bed house plus 1 bed guest suite) and got complaints about noise and privacy issues in the guest suite. I blocked off 10 days in the main house and plan on renting a blower from Home Depot and cutting holes into the studs of some walls and filling with insulation over the course of two of the days.
In the meantime, unfortunately, the attached “guest suite” will be occupied. I can’t really change what day I do this, our airbnb is 2000 miles from where we currently live and this is the weekend I can get help from my handyman both days. Also and most importantly, the further this is delayed the bigger risk more guests have a negative experience staying with us.
I am also over the two days adding a privacy fence type deal so the guest suite will have more privacy going forward.
Ironically the goal of soundproofing and adding privacy will intrude on the noise and privacy of the guest who is staying their those two days. We do not need to physically enter their unit, we’d be working outside in front of the unit (which has huge blackout curtains to block us from seeing inside) and on adjacent walls to the unit (so they’d hear us cutting holes and blowing insulation).
What is the best course of action here? We are new hosts and just trying to scramble to fix issues we never expected early on like this. Should we message the guest and give them a heads up? Offer them money? Just call AirBNB and have to cancel?
For what its worth, this is a quiet mountain town where most people get up early to go hiking all day. I’m hoping the guest won’t even notice us but I’m sure working 9-5 it could easily happen.
Thanks and appreciate your advice