Our expert says:
You have my sympathies for having to endure this, especially when you should be enjoying your retirement in peace. Unfortunately, if they are legally registered as a daycare/school and licensed to run a business, it is unlikely you will be able to prevent them from operating, or even get them to reduce their noise levels given the nature of nursery school activities. My suggestions are as follows:
- Organise your daily life around the noise level, as far as is practically possible. I know you shouldn't have to do this in your own home, but it is one way to help reduce the stress and gain more control. e.g. schedule errands, outings and chores like vacuuming during 'noisy time'.
- Speak to your neighbours and try to get others also affected involved. Together you may have more influence in, for example, persuading the school to start an hour later in the mornings. As a group you would also carry more weight if you appeal to the municipality.
- Consider improving soundproofing of your home with measures such as double-glazed windows and roof insulation. While such steps can be expensive, they usually work out as a good investment, especially as they often double-up as a way to improve temperature control of your home. Cheaper options involve heavy curtains on windows, thicker windowpane glass, and making sure windows (and doors) seal properly when closed.
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